The Old Fall River Road was opened for the first time this season on Sunday morning and I decided to drive it in my Ford Ranger. All of the pictures above were taken from where it became a dirt road to where it ends at the Alpine Visitor Center. Some of the switch backs are very tight, but the road can be easily traveled in a car. The last part of the road is above the timber line, and is tundra where only low lying plants can survive the harsh winters and high winds. I think that it is very dramatic and colorful.
Sunday night was my last night at Aspenglen, and it was a very special 7 days that I spent there. I'm now at Elk Meadow RV Resort and Campground in Estes Park for one night. My destination tomorrow is the Tall Texan campground a little north of Gunnison, Colorado. That's about a 260 mile drive from Estes Park. I plan to stay in the Gunnison area until it's time to go to Durango for Jeff and Linda's wedding. I will probably spend a good bit of time in the Crested Butte area, which is about 30 miles from where I'll be camped, as I'm told that the wild flowers are in full blast right about now. That should make for some great pictures.
Saturday evening Jeff and Linda surprised me with an overnite visit. We stayed up until nearly midnight sitting by the campfire. Great conversation, night sounds and a beautiful moon rising! They stayed for a while Sunday morning and then headed back to Denver to get ready for their big day.
I continue to be amazed by the wonderful people that I'm meeting at the campgrounds that I've stayed at. Saturday evening Dick and Chris Foline stopped by to introduce themselves as they were camped right next to me. It seems that they've been following my web-site and decided to come to Aspenglen as a result of my description and pictures of the campground. Just amazing! I don't think that they were disappointed. They invited me to join them at their campfire Sunday evening and we stayed up talking until pretty late. Fun, interesting people who have been camping for a long time, and really love it. They have been to an awful lot of places in their years of traveling. Their current ride is a nifty 32 ft class A motorhome. I'm sure that we'll contine to stay in touch, and hopefully meet up again at some other great campground.
Rocky Mountain National Park has definitely not seen the last of me.