I heard recently that the old summit house on Pike’s Peak has been closed “indefinitely,” though I think they mean permanently because they’ve been working on tearing it down. The new summit house has is supposed to be finished by the end of Spring. I knew this was coming so I was taking as many pictures of the old place whenever I got the chance.
Part I is here; you didn’t miss Part II, it is all black & white and has yet to be developed; chronologically though I shot all that stuff before this, which was in part to retest my F Apollo’s shutter after leaving it cocked overnight, plus putting nearly a whole roll through the chrome F2 that I picked up around the same time.
I hope that the pictures are useful someday and I already miss what the place used to be. As more and more people come to the 2nd most-visited mountain in the world the more sanitized and Disneyfied it’s become, to be more palatable to the lowest common denominator of consumers. Now I’m seeing a lot of railings and walkways, pavement, fences, guardrails: things demanded by poor drivers and idiots to make them feel safer. By the time the construction is finished I fear there will be nothing left of the natural mountain.
…so here are most of the pics on my blog of people drinking/celebrating, or are otherwise alcohol-related. No particular order, just whenever I happened to remember another shot I added it to the bottom. It turned out to be quite a few posts over the last 7 years and I’m sure I still missed some!
Here’s hoping that 2021 is the year we can get back to drinking together.
(Another reason to celebrate…this is post #400 for me, and first since my 7th Anniversary!)
Actually I can make a pretty good guess: just past the car is a narrow section on Gold Camp Rd, pretty much one-way, and that car had a disagreement on the right of way, probably with a big pickup truck. Guess who won that argument?