Peak Perspectives: The Landscape We Overlook

September 3, 2020

Pikes Peak makes a nice head and shoulders, but we shouldn’t overlook the water-lifeblood that flows in our creeks.

We’ve got two big creeks and lots of littles — like veins that reach across the region, Monument Creek stretches 27 miles north-south to Fountain Creek, which itself flows for 75 miles west-east. Ancient highways alongside our newer roads — I-25 and Highway 24.

The two big creeks meet where X marks our spot at America the Beautiful Park.

If peace had a sound, it’d be a babbling brook. My 5-year-old told me “I like listening to the water,” at Fountain Creek the other day.

We’ve been going creekside since the virus ruined pretty much everything else, and it’s completely changed my view. I used to only look up at Pikes Peak.

I saw vertical; now I see horizontal, too.

What was rocky and reddish is now wet and bluish too, like pulling on sunglasses for the first time. Superman’s first Super-day with Super-vision.

A new way to see.

I live for this. A fresh idea grown in a particular garden. Locality makes mentality.

Maybe that’s the mission statement for this new series, “Peak Perspectives?”

Each week we’ll climb down into our little KRCC kayak. Sometimes you’ll like the trip; sometimes you won’t.

But we’ll always ride together in our streams.

So dip your toes in, grab a paddle, the water’s nice.

Be good, be well, be sure to floss. Until next week, keep climbing.   


Peak Perspectives is a weekly segment written and voiced by Matt Cavanaugh, a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army and a resident of Manitou Springs where he lives with his wife and two young children. Through his writing, Cavanuagh explores life in the Pikes Peak region, including the gradients and subtleties of our lives in the shadow of America's Mountain. 

You can find more work by Cavanaugh here.

KRCC's Abigail Beckman manages the "Peak Perspectives" series.