On my last full day in Colorado Springs before flying to San Francisco, I decided to take advantage of the good weather to have another hike around the Garden of the Gods.
My agenda was to hike my way to the dramatic Siamese Twins rock formation and catch a photo of the famous Pike's Peak through a "natural window" at the Twins.
Before heading off, I took the time to take some photos of Pike's Peak with the sky still clear, snows from the day before still remaining.
I took an Uber from there and got down at Scotsman Picnic, then walked a leisurely pace along the Scotsman Trail, before turning east to cross the road to the Palmer Trail.
From here, there was plenty of scenery to take in, with the sandstone in the foreground and the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains and Pike's Peak in the background.
I headed up to the Siamese twins, which are visible in the photo above, and went to work making pictures of the dramatic terrain.
And finally, my first full view of the Siamese Twins:
And of course, I got my signature "keyhole" shot on Pike's Peak through the Twins, though unfortunately by this hour clouds had already settled on the peak.
Playing around with more black and white:
Also made sure to snap a photo of the infamous Manitou Incline, perhaps "the most unique and challenging trail" in the USA, with a staggering 2,000 feet of vertical gain in less than one mile. Sadly, it was closed for repairs exactly on the week I was there, so I was unable to test myself on it! Even from afar, it looked nearly vertical and pretty brutal.
From there, I walked down and south all the way down to the Garden of the Gods Trading Post, where I had lunch and bought some souvenirs: books, photo prints, and funny socks.
After lunch, I made my way back up via Uber to the viewing deck of the Garden of the Gods to shoot some time-lapse. Luckily for me, there was drama building up in the clouds over Pike's Peak.
Not too long afterward, the storm reached where I was standing and I had to hightail it back to the Garden of the Gods Resort. But it was enough time for me to shoot some striking 4K time-lapse of the storm over Pike's Peak and the Garden of the Gods.
With my shooting effectively over because of the weather, I treated myself to a burger at the restaurant at the resort.
As I finished my dinner, I was thrilled to find that, on my last night in Colorado, the sky had finally cleared up, allowing me to get in some astro shots --- a fitting end to this photo diary series. I can't wait to come back and explore Colorado with camera in hand once again.