Monday morning we looked at the forecast for the week, always a good thing to do when you will be moving on. Turns out that on Wednesday, our scheduled day to move to Golden, the weather will be changing. We have enjoyed very nice weather in Colorado Springs but a winter storm will be moving in. We checked with the campground in Golden to see if we could arrive a day early and the answer was YES. So before heading to Pikes Peak we made the decision to move on Tuesday.Late morning on Monday we drove over to Manitou Springs for lunch at the Jerusalem Cafe, had a lamb sandwich on flatbread with hummus, pickled turnips and banana pickles, and then on to the Cog Railway for our trip up to Pikes Peak. The round trip took about 3 1/2 hours. The trip up took us past constantly changing scenery. The vegetation evolved as our elevation up the mountain increased from about 6000 to 14,110 feet. Eventually we were above the tree line into the tundra where the trees no longer grow and finally we arrived at the summit. The temperature was down in the 20's and the wind was blowing pretty strong. We spent a few minutes walking around outside gasping for air then ducked inside the visitor center for a cup of hot chocolate. The train conductor gave notice that anyone missing the departure would have to walk down the mountain. I think we all made it aboard on time.