Posts Tagged ‘Rocky Mountain National Park’
July 20, 2011 by frecklesandsunshine
July 19, 2011 by frecklesandsunshine
If you come to visit us here in Colorado, there is an incredibly good chance that we will take you to Rocky Mountain National Park. It is just about an hour from our house and it is easily some of the most beautiful scenery that Tim and I have ever seen. We have an annual pass and it has paid for itself three or four times by now.
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July 17, 2011 by frecklesandsunshine
Tim’s mom and her husband were in town last week. Olivia had a great time visiting with her Grammy and Grandpa Craig. So did we.
We were able to have a lot of adventures in the week they were here.
We celebrated the Fourth of July.
We went down to Pearl Street Mall in Boulder and to the Celestial Seasonings Tea Factory.
We went into Rocky Mountain National Park. We hiked around. We saw snow in July.
I’ll be blogging over the next week or so about these adventures, but needless to say Olivia was smothered in kisses and hugs and love during their visit. We don’t live in the same state as any of our family so we really cherish the times when we get to visit and spend time together.
P.S. Grandparents=naps for Mommy! Woohoo! Buh-bye #48!
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June 15, 2011 by frecklesandsunshine
June 14, 2011 by frecklesandsunshine
Ok, Colorado. I get it. It took me a little while, but we’re on the same page now.
Colorado Rule #429: Do not attempt to go to an altitude higher than 8,000 feet prior to August.
Again, we attempted to go hiking in the mountains only to discover that the trail was still snow packed.
Sigh. Luckily, we were in Rocky Mountain National Park, so we had about a bajillion other options. We have an annual pass to the park and have been five or six times since we have lived here.
Every time we have visited the park, we have gone to Bear Lake. And every time, we have walked up to the lake and then walked right back to the car. Sunday was no different. Even though we had plenty of water, snacks, and layers in case of inclement weather, the trail was packed with snow and ice. Both rangers and other hikers told us that it was too slippery. After Tim checked it out, we agreed that we would go somewhere more family-hike friendly. Preferably with no snow. It’s June for crying out loud.
So, off to Sprague Lake we went. My mom, Tim, Olivia, and I piled back into the car and made our way to the lake. The lake is encircled by a nature trail. It is a flat, easy hike of just over a mile round trip. It is stroller and wheelchair friendly. There were a number of other people there hiking, fishing, picnicking, and enjoying a beautiful day.
On one side of the path, there were stacks of timber that had been cut down to prevent the spread of the pine beetle. Can you imagine the bonfire this would make??
On the other side of the path were views like this…
The lake is a natural draw for the wildlife in the area. We saw ducks and hawks. We heard frogs in a marshy area. Other animals never appeared, but left clues that they had been in the area.
Once again, we ended up having a great day even though it wasn’t quite the day we expected.