20 – 30 AUGUST 2012:
In 2012, 10 members of my family went on a road trip starting in Dallas with a destination of Pike’s Peak in Colorado.
Dallas, a modern metropolis in north Texas, is a commercial and cultural hub of the region. Downtown’s Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza commemorates the site of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination. In the Arts District, the Dallas Museum of Art and Crow Collection of Asian Art cover thousands of years of art. The sleek Nasher Sculpture Center showcases contemporary sculpture.
The Lone Star State… My Aunty Florence’s main home is in Dallas so we started and ended our trip there.
Kansas is a Midwestern state that epitomizes the U.S. heartland with its Great Plains setting of rolling wheat fields. The Kansas Aviation Museum, in Wichita, celebrates that city’s chief industry, while the open-air Old Cowtown Museum traces its pioneer past. In nearby Hutchinson, the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center features the Russian Vostok and Apollo 13 spacecrafts.
Home to Dorothy….
Oklahoma City is the capital and largest city of the state of Oklahoma. The county seat of Oklahoma Country, the city ranks 27th among United States cities in population. The population grew following the 2010 Census, with the population estimated to have increased to 620,602 as of July 2014.
In the middle of nowhere…My Aunty Forence’s second home and weekend escape. Very quiet, lots of land – great for quad biking and using the microlight.
New Mexico is a southwestern state whose diverse terrain encompasses the Chihuahuan Desert and the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Its capital, Santa Fe, founded in 1610, is known for upscale spas and Spanish colonial architecture.
It’s also home to a vibrant arts scene, as well as the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, with its iconic New Mexican landscape paintings, and the open-air Santa Fe Opera.
Colorado, a western U.S. state, is known for its geographic diversity, with snow-covered mountains, arid desert lands and river canyons. Opportunities for outdoor recreation include kayaking the Colorado River, hiking the nearly 500-mile Colorado Trail and skiing at resorts such as Vail and Aspen. Perched a mile above sea level, Denver, Colorado’s capital and largest city, features a vibrant downtown area.
We finally arrived to Pike’s Peak in Colorado! We took the train to the top – majestic views and from the top you can see for miles!
Tip: Always bring a coat, it’s chilly up there and be careful of altitude sickness!