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Aug 2, 2020 - Wild Basin

Estes Park, CO This was our last hike of our stay. We decided to tackle Copeland Falls, Calypso Cascade and Ouzel Falls in the Wild Basin area. We were out the door fairly early because the weather people were again promising rain and warning that it could be a bit heavier than we had been having every day. We were able to get the second to last parking space big enough for our vehicle so things were off to a good start. The trail begins as a leisurely walk through the forest. We arrived at Copeland Falls fairly quickly and delighted in...

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Aug 1, 2020 - Alberta Falls

Estes Park, CO For most people a hike to Alberta Falls would have been a quick in and out. Afterall, the falls are only .6 miles from the trailhead. We do not do things that way. The falls parking lot was, of course, completely full but we were again able to score a spot at the Bear Lake lot. This added .4 miles to our hike, but it was a beautiful walk. Along the way we, of course, had to climb rocks and explore everywhere. Our group provided entertainment to fellow hikers by finding challenging rocks on which to perform a box jump –...

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Jul 31, 2020 - Lily Lake

Estes Park, CO We, of course, had to get a hike in for the day. Today we chose Lily Lake. It is amazing how a 1-mile trail can take 3 hours when there are rocks to climb, vistas to view, logs to balance on, and rock cairns to be built. It was a beautiful day with beautiful views and we added to our wildlife sightings by spotting a coyote. We also had a little culture for the day. Built in 1917, the Baldpate Inn was named after the mystery novel, SEVEN KEYS TO BALDPATE by Earl Derr Biggers. In the novel, each of seven visitors traveled to...

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Jul 30, 2020 - Wildlife!

Estes Park, CO What an amazing day! We drove up Old Fall River Road, taking our time to appreciate the beauty of our surroundings. Old Fall River Road was the first auto route that led to the high country in Rocky Mountain National Park. It opened in 1920. The 9.4-mile gravel, one-way uphill road is dotted with some really serious switchbacks. It follows along the steep slope of Mount Chapin's south face past waterfalls, pine forests, and leads to Fall River Pass (11,796 feet above sea level). The posted speed limit on Old Fall River Road...

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Jul 29, 2020 - Lake, hike, lake, hike, repeat

Estes Park, NE Today was a major hiking day. Because Bear Lake is THE most popular trail in the park, we got moving early today. Perhaps that is why we encountered an elk on our way. Normally they are higher in the mountains at this time of year. That was our first stroke of luck. Our second was when we arrived at the Bear Lake parking lot. We intended to drop off the group and one person would take the car back to the park-and-ride, returning on the shuttle. Instead, we scored the last parking space. We had started in Estes Park at 7,522’....

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Jul 28, 2020 - Shopping

Estes Park, CO Our home in Elkhorn, Nebraska has an elevation of about 1200'. Surprise, AR has an elevation of about 1,100'. Estes Park has an elevation of 7,522'. With such a severe change in altitude, we all needed a day to acclimate before we begin hiking in the mountains. So we went shopping. There was so much to see that it easily took us the entire day. There were so many treasures! We even visited Estes Ark, a building shaped like a giant ark, as in Noah’s Ark. It is over-filled with stuffed animals. We also played a bit in Fall...

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Jul 27, 2020 - Estes Park

Estes Park, CO Most of today was spent just getting to our destination with few of those little side trips we love. We reached Estes Park in the late afternoon and met up with the rest of our group: sister-in-law Diana, niece Elizabeth, grandniece Kayla, grandniece Lily and grandnephew Sawyer. We got settled in to the condo with a minimum amount of fighting over who got what bedroom. Everyone being tired, rather than cook we headed to town to grab something to eat. We intend to do a thorough job exploring the shops tomorrow.

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Sep 4, 2018 - Laundry & Showers

Tuesday, September 4: Glacier Basin Campground → Mueller State Park Weather: Overcast and mid 50sF with no wind, warming to low 60s and a few rain spits in the afternoon Route: Glacier Basin Campground → Bear Park Road → US-36 → Mary’s Lake Rd→ Co-7S → Peak-to-Peak Scenic Byway (CO-72) → CO-119S → Central City Parkway → I-70W → CO-9S → US-24E → CO-67S → Mueller State Park Highlights: - By emerging from the tent into the brisk 6:00 morning air we were able to eat our usual breakfast, pack up and leave the campground by 8:00. Before driving...

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Jul 20, 2018 - Rest and Relaxation in Estes Park

We are truly headed home. We are staying for 5 days at Estes Park. It has always been one of our favorite places to spend time. There are so many places here that we know and like. I will just cover all of our activities in one post. I am sure you are getting tired of getting notices that I have made another post. We got to Estes about mid day having survived the traffic around Denver. We stopped at our favorite shopping center to do three things. First, we did four loads of laundry. There is a really great laundromat we have used before...

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Apr 26, 2018 - Rocky Mountain National Park

We got up fairly early this morning and got everything ready to leave Wyoming, said goodbye to Leslie and Mark, and headed out to get propane, find an ATM to replenish cash, and fill the fuel tank. We then headed south into Colorado and toward Rocky Mountain National Park. About halfway there, we came across a sign that the road was completely closed nine miles ahead. Since the Garman obviously was not aware of the construction, I got out my phone and an app called “Waze” that knows more about road closing, construction and such. Followed...

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Trip Journal

National Parks Tour

Sep 13, 2017 - a final hike

We used my handicapped sticker one more time to get a place to leave the car at the end of Bear Lake Road for a final hike to more alpine lakes. The weather is great, the scenery is gorgeous, but there are just too many people here. We often had to wait to take a photograph as other folks posed and posed and posed to get their selfies just right. The water on the lakes carries conversations that I would just as soon not be hearing all too well. End of rant! The elevation here continues to challenge our lungs whenever climbing is involved...

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Sep 12, 2017 - Old Fall River Road

The day dawned with the clear, bright blue skies that we have come to expect when in the West, but have not seen due to all the forest fires. We were glad that we saved this day to drive to the top of the park on the Old Fall River Road, a one way gravel road which climbed to 12,000 feet. We're beginning to see the fall colors we were expecting as well as lots of wild flowers that we associate more with the spring. At one point a raptor glared down at us from his perch high in a snag. Once we came upon a crowd of people and cars, we knew...

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