Tuesday, June 6, 2017

who needs weed?

Meego:  So what's at the top?

Me:  Buncha sweaty, gaspy people.  And dirt.

Recently, Meego reminded me, once again, that he's never done the Manitou Incline.  Y'all remember The Incline, right?  I've blogged about it a few times.  I first visited The Incline myself just a few years ago after getting sick of hearing everyone talk about it.  It's difficult to live here and not do it.

I went up that first time with Chaco and Wolfgang.  Meego was still in school as his brothers were in college and on break at the time.  The handful of other times I'd gone, Meego was either at school or at work.  Recall that last summer, Shadowrun came out and owned it!

In fact, Shadowrun and I went up just a couple of days before it closed for renovations.  It recently opened up again, so Meego and I took advantage of a small window of time he has between the end of school and his job that starts later this week.

"We've lived here for over 13 years, and I've never been there", he realized.  So,today, The Incline!

It was a beautiful morning for it.  We got there early enough to get decent parking and to beat the hordes of  Incline enthusiasts.  Just enough others to help it feel sociable without feeling crowded.

About halfway
Almost there!  Pass that guy!

He did good for his first time up - first time up for someone who lives off too much fast food (IMHO) and gets the bulk of his exercise from banging on a snare drum.  

As promised, we mingled among the other sweaty, gaspy people at the top.  There was a foursome of very military looking guys.  They asked us to take their photo, and I learned that it was two Army lifers and their 20-something sons.  Nice bit of bonding mixed with morning PT.

They returned the favor and snapped our pic.  It's always tough to get a decent photo in the morning since the overlook faces the sunrise, but it's a must-have.

Can you see your house?


ShadowRun300 said...

Every time you go up without me, I think, "She went up without me?!" I would love to go back again this summer, but it will likely be the next before I get there. By that time, I'll be ready for Pike's Peak. Fair warning.
I love the morning pic of you two. But no morning pic of the military guys???

Abby said...

Doesn't seem all that long ago, does it!?
Pikes Peak you say, hmmm...

click here. Army dudes :)

Larz said...

How early did/do you go? I keep meaning to do it, but It's about an hours drive and I'm allergic to heat (not really, I just have an aversion.)

Abby said...

We got there around 6:30. It was cool at the bottom, but we made it to the sun at about a quarter of the way up, and it does get hot! It's best if you're cold at the beginning.

Jimmy said...

Looks like quite a workout just to make the climb, I like the pictures the one of you two together is really good even with the lighting issue due to the sun, it still came out nice.

Abby said...

It's 2,744 steps over one mile with a 2000 ft gain in elevation. But who's counting?
I like the pic too :)