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A mountain madness, Colorado Springs' Pike's Peak, some twenty miles to summit's top, with roads like winding snakes that coil like rings and at the open edge, steep cliffs of rock. This mountain madness soon directs and reigns along its highway somewhat heaven bound; a narrow road with two-way traffic lanes and many curves that zigzag and astound. We held our breaths while driving, quite unnerved; an hour and more to reach the mountain peak. Just one wrong turn along a sharp, tight curve, right off the cliff, we'd fly into a heap. And, yes, this has occurred...a hazardous slow, rugged ride that leads to awesome rise; with mountain madness, you must pay with trust and take your chances earning nature's prize. And one more mountain madness to unfold, we started out in warm, eighty degrees; but when we reached the top, it was so cold and snow was whirling with a blizzard 'breeze'. Yes, mountain madness, Colorado Springs' Pike's Peak, a steep, fourteen plus thousand feet; America's most famous mountain brings adventures to explore and goals to meet. Sandra M. Haight ~15th Place~ Contest: Mountains Sponsor: Julie Rodeheaver Judged: 08/15/2017 ~2nd Place~ Contest: Screwed XVII Sponsor: Rob Carmack Judged: 05/18/2017 Contest: At The Mountains of Madness Sponsor: Timothy Hicks ~Honorable Mention~ Judged: 05/24/2016 When we visited Pike's Peak in 1995, the highway was not paved and there were no barriers along the side. I believe most of the highway is paved and there are barriers at some of the curves today.

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Date: 8/18/2017 5:01:00 AM
Congratulations, Sandra, on your win.
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Sandra Haight
Date: 8/19/2017 9:12:00 AM
Thank you so much! Sandra
Date: 8/18/2017 3:18:00 AM
Congratulations on your win, Sandra, beautiful imagery ~*
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Sandra Haight
Date: 8/19/2017 9:11:00 AM
Hi Eve, thank you very much for your lovely comment. I am less active on PS lately but will participate from time to time. Hugs, Sandra
Date: 8/17/2017 5:04:00 AM
I can visualize the awe struck beauty with your descriptive words Sandra. I have been to Colorado Springs and Denver but never driven up there. It sounds beautiful and exciting! Congratulations on your win! : )
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Date: 8/19/2017 9:08:00 AM
Thank you very much, Connie, for your visit and your supportive, positive comment. I am less active writing and posting these days, but will jump in to participate when I can. Hugs, Sandra
Date: 8/16/2017 8:57:00 PM
This is on my Bucket List, Sandra, and I can't wait to see for myself! Thank you for the tour - what a wonderful write! Blessings and congrats! :-)
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Date: 8/19/2017 9:06:00 AM
Thank you so much, Greg, for your uplifting comment. Much appreciated. Sandra
Date: 8/16/2017 8:05:00 AM
I lived 20 minutes away from the Peak, Sandra, but I'm glad they improved the road conditions. The view is spectacular. Well written poetry, as usual...more deserving on placement.
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Sandra Haight
Date: 8/16/2017 4:00:00 PM
Thank you so much for your lovely and uplifting comment, Lin. I have not been very active on PS lately, but I did enter this old poem in the contest. Hope to participate now and then as I find the time. I appreciate your visit! Hugs, Sandra
Date: 5/6/2017 7:20:00 AM
Very visual write it's like I took a brief vacation there, congrats
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Date: 5/7/2017 6:25:00 PM
Thank you, Brian, for your nice comment and congrats! Sandra
Date: 5/6/2017 2:57:00 AM
Interesting write and well done for adherence to the form. Congratulations on your high-placed win! Regards, John.
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Sandra Haight
Date: 5/7/2017 6:25:00 PM
Thank you very much, John, for reading my poem and for your supportive comments! Much appreciated. Sandra
Date: 5/6/2017 1:04:00 AM
Congrats Sandra. It has been a while since I last wrote this form, I will have to compose another soon. Thanks for supporting my contest.
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Date: 5/7/2017 6:24:00 PM
Thank you, Rob, for another fine contest where we can bring out old poems for another try! I very much appreciate my placement. Sandra
Date: 5/25/2016 8:39:00 AM
I love Pikes Peak racing! What a crafty use of the theme Sandra...Why didn't I think of that??Congrats
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Date: 5/25/2016 1:12:00 AM
Congrats on your placement, Sandra. Loved your take on the crazy theme. ~karam~
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Date: 5/25/2016 7:39:00 PM
Thank you very much, Karam. Sandra
Date: 5/24/2016 4:05:00 PM
Thanks for participating in my contest, Sandra! I thought it was really cool how you took my strange contest prompt, and made it about a real life experience ... a TRUE mountain of madness. Being from Idaho, I can relate to the mountain scene ... check out my blog and tell me about your poem! :)
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Date: 5/25/2016 7:39:00 PM
Thanks for the great contest, Timothy, and your positive feedback. I really enjoyed writing for it and I was pleased to be on your list! Working on your new one! Sandra
Date: 5/19/2016 10:54:00 AM
Mountains and clifftops can indeed be wondrous, surreal, and yet perilous at the same time - Really enjoyed this piece, Sandra.
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Date: 5/25/2016 7:35:00 PM
Thank you very much, Michael. Sandra
Date: 5/18/2016 10:05:00 AM
Yes the madness of mountains can astound you!Loved it Sandra!
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Date: 5/25/2016 7:35:00 PM
Thank you very much, Sara. Hugs, Sandra
Date: 5/17/2016 4:03:00 PM
Hi Sandra, another excellent write from your pen. I was right with you on this adventurous and rather hair raising drive up the ascent. I just Love the imagery. The fear can come also through your words. A pretty dangerous drive even with barriers, especially the descent i would say. The flow of your words does paint such a creative canvas. I enjoyed the write Sandra. This is a definite seven. Hugs....Mike. XX
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Sandra Haight
Date: 5/17/2016 6:39:00 PM
Yes, Mike, we made that trip 21 years ago...I was a little braver then. But, the view was breathtaking! Thank you again, for all your nice visits and support. Hugs, Sandra
Date: 5/16/2016 8:35:00 PM
ooohhh, without the barriers, that would feel so scary. I have been up really windy mountains and they actually kind of scare me!! Good one, Sandra.
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Date: 5/17/2016 6:36:00 PM
Thanks, Andrea. I was braver twenty-one years ago! Hugs, Sandra
Date: 5/16/2016 1:50:00 PM
This is great, dear Sandra!! Your takes are so unique.. All the best in the contest!! :) :)
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Sandra Haight
Date: 5/16/2016 5:18:00 PM
Thank you, Sneha. This was a true story, so it was easy to fit it into the theme. Hugs, Sandra
Date: 5/16/2016 10:31:00 AM
A magnificent piece of writing with wonderful imagery - I was almost there with you Sandra !
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Date: 5/16/2016 5:20:00 PM
Thank you very much, Lenny. Your uplifting comment is much appreciated. Sandra