Sometimes I get so involved in my daily routine that I forget about one of the most beautiful times of the day, daybreak. Getting up to watch the parade of balloons these past few mornings has re-opened my eyes to the endless beauty of the countryside.
There were so many beautiful balloons afloat in the cool morning air, but I was waiting for the balloon that bore the Colorado state emblem. I had the perfect picture contructed in my mind, with the balloon hovering just above the Peak. Unfortunately, as it often happens with my ideas, it never happened and the balloon was unable to gain enough altitude to ascend to a level that would afford me my shot.
Pikes Peak really is spectacular in the morning. It was upon the 14,110 summit that Katharine Lee Bates was inspired to write the words to America The Beautiful:
O beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain!
God shed His grace on thee,
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!
As a schoolgirl this was one of my favorite songs, and yet I never understood the 'purple mountains' until I moved here and saw the Rockies for the first time. Now I have seen first hand the inspiration behind her beautiful poem.