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Jul 8, 2019 - Rocky Mountain National Park

Sitting in a Starbucks. Last blog entry noted we were in route to Estes Park CO to meet up with Cyndy and family. We did, and since have moved into our site in Rocky Mountain National Park for the week. One of the positives is that we have had NO cell or internet, NO water hook-up, NO electric hook-up, and NO sewer hook-up. Combine all that with 8 of us on the site and it has challenged the capacity of our mother-ship. Cyndy and family stayed with us 4 nights but left on Friday headed back to civilization (esp. showers and internet…in that...

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Sep 30, 2018 - Lovely Afternoon Exploring RMNP

The park was actually crowded today. Lots of cars, lots of people. The aspens are almost bare but there were still enough of them with yellow leaves that made for a spectacular vista. I drove 1/3 of the Trail Ridge Road but when I got out at one of the overlooks at 11,000 feet elevation I knew I could go no further. I spent several hours in the park even though I did not do the entire drive . I did take a small hike to see a forest canyon but I was a huffin and puffin . I am not in shape for this altitude and the wind was ferocious. Elk...

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Sep 3, 2018 - Wild Basin Area

Monday, September 3 (Labour Day): Glacier Basin Campground→ Ouzel Falls Trail Weather: Overcast and mid 50sF with no wind, warming to low 60s and a few rain spits in the afternoon Route: Glacier Basin Campground → Trail Ridge Road → US-36 → Mary’s Lake Rd→ Co-7 → Wild Basin Park Entrance → Ouzel Lake Trailhead Highlights: - On the road at 8:00 after a 6:30 wake-up and a warm breakfast. There were still plenty of campers in the campground when we left - the route along Mary’s Lake Road and CO-7 gave us new views of the area. The bumper...

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Sep 2, 2018 - Sprague & Bierstadt Lakes

Sunday, September 2: Glacier Basin Campground→ Glacier Gorge Trail → Sprague Lake Trail → Bierstadt Lake Trail Weather: Sunny and mid 50sF with no wind, warming to low 70s by afternoon Route: Glacier Basin Campground → Glacier Gorge Shuttle Stop → Glacier Gorge Trail → Sprague Lake Trail → Bierstadt Lake Trail → Glacier Basin Campground Highlights: - the most brisk morning of our stay so far. We stayed snuggled under the flannel sheet and sleeping bag duvet until 7:00, well after dawn broke over the mountains. - After a warm oatmeal...

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Sep 1, 2018 - Andrews Glacier Trail

Saturday, September 1: Glacier Basin Campground → Bear Lake Shuttle Stop → Andrew’s Glacier Trail → Sky Pond Trail Weather: Sunny and mid 50sF with no wind, followed by a quick light rain shower in the afternoon Route: Glacier Basin Campground → Bear Lake Shuttle Stop→ Alberta Falls Trail (out and back) → Loch Vale Trail (out and back)→ Andrew’s Glacier Trail (out and back) → Timberline Falls Trail (out and back) → Glacier Gorge Shuttle Stop → Glacier Basin Campground Highlights: - A late rain storm yesterday evening extinguished most of...

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Aug 31, 2018 - Alpine Visitor Center

Friday, August 31: Glacier Basin Campground <->Alpine Visitor Center (continued) Weather: Sunny and high 50sF with strong gusty winds, followed by a quick lightning storm in the afternoon Route: Lava Cliffs → Trail Ridge Road → Alpine Visitor Center → Trail Ridge Road → Fall River Road → Wonderview Rd in Estes Park → Glacier Basin Campground - From the Lava Cliffs Overlook, Trail Ridge Road took us up to its highest point -- 12,183 ft -- before beginning the descent to the Alpine Visitor Center at 11,796 feet. We decided to not continue...

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Aug 31, 2018 - Trail Ridge Road

Friday, August 31: Glacier Basin Campground <-> Alpine Visitor Center (Continued) Weather: Sunny and high 50sF with strong gusty winds, followed by a quick lightning storm in the afternoon Route: Ute Trailhead → Trail Ridge Road → Tundra Communities Trail → Trail Ridge Road → Lava Cliffs → Trail Ridge Road → Alpine Visitor Center Highlights: - Trail Ridge Road was very likely built along an old migration path for early hunters. Motor cars began travelling the "Highway to the Sky" after its completion in 1932. The 48-mile road connecting...

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Aug 31, 2018 - Lower Ute Trail

Friday, August 31: Glacier Basin Campground → Alpine Visitor Center Weather: Sunny and high 50sF with strong gusty winds, followed by a quick lightning storm in the afternoon Route: Glacier Basin Campground → Trail Ridge Road → Ute Trailhead Highlights: - Hubby slept better last night, I still had trouble breathing the dry, smoky air. We both woke up a little before the sun rose at 6:00 - this morning’s breakfast used up the last of the oatmeal so today’s itinerary had to include a trip to Safeway in Estes Park. Our plan was – before the...

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Aug 30, 2018 - Emerald and Hiayaha Lake Trails

Thursday, August 30: Glacier Basin Campground → Bear Lake Shuttle Stop Weather: Sunny and high 80sF, with strong gusty wind in the afternoon Route: Glacier Basin Campground → Shuttle Park & Ride → Park Road → Bear Lake Shuttle Stop → Emerald Lake Trail → Hiayaha Lake Trail → Bear Lake Shuttle Stop Highlights: - a clear starry night, not nearly as cold as predicted. We tried to fall asleep early but campfire smoke was annoying. We finally put the sheet over our heads to fall asleep, but because of the altitude Hubby did not sleep well. - by...

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Aug 29, 2018 - Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park Quick Facts: - Dedicated in 1915 by Congress as a National Park by the Rocky Mountain National Park Act - The Rocky Mountain National Park Act was signed into law by President Woodrow Wilson - In 2009 Congress further protected this delicate region (except for the developed Trail Ridge Road and its endpoints) as a Wilderness Area - These young mountains were squeezed upward by tectonic plate movement 40-70 million years ago - Subsequent glacial events carved new features - Remaining glaciers have been...

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Aug 29, 2018 - Real camping at last!

Wednesday, August 29: Goodland, KS KOA → Rocky Mountain NP (Glacier Basin Campground) Weather: Sunny and high 80sF, with gusty wind from the south (almost a tailwind in some sections) Route: I-70W around Denver → I-25 N → Hwy 66 (with a stop at Longmont Safeway) → Glacier Basin Campground NOTE: Page back on your browser to the map page and select the Colorado & Utah map to continue following our trip locations. Highlights: - By this, our 4th day, we had fallen into a driving rhythm...8:15 departure from Goodland KOA, coffee/gas stop at...

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Sep 14, 2017 - The Rocky Mountains

So camping in The Rockies! Have got to say before I start rambling on, we ABSOLUTELY loved Colorado and the Rocky Mountains in particular. We would love to be able to go, back and spend longer walking and wildlife spotting here! Thursday, we reached Estes Park on the outskirts of the National Park around lunch time, so stopped to eat and gather some maps etc... before heading up to our campsite, which luckily had flushing toilets, warm showers and Bear Lockers! We set up camp and Joe made a lovely pasta tea. Friday, we went walking at...

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