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Rocky Mountain High (revisited)

So, I am already a bit behind on our updates for those interested.  I guess, ultimately, it is a good thing as we have been without internet service (except for phones) since we started out all together in Denver a week and a half ago!  I have hijacked the wifi at Heather’s house in attempt to get back on track.

Th girls and I kicked off of the #2016summeroffun trip (as Brad has dubbed it) with a shuttle from DIA to the rental car area where our chariot awaited. Brad and the dogs successfully crossed many miles from NC to CO once again to allow for an easier launch from Denver. Many thanks to the Bloomers for feeding and housing Brad and the four-legged ladies, allowing them to meet up with us ready to roll!

We headed out on 70 and turned North to reach our destination just outside of Grand Lake Village, at the western entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park. This was our first park in 2014 as well. Our campground specialized in campers with horses so there were many for us to ohh and ahh over. We took a beautiful drive along the portion of Trail Ridge Road that we missed last time. It is always breathtaking, in more than one way!

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12,000 feet and all smiles!

The first night in our campsite we saw two large male moose (from a safe distance) grazing in the pasture next to our campsite, they were huge! The morning of day two brought momma moose and her baby into the campsite…we definitely kept a safe distance from her!

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Blurry shot of the backside of momma and baby moose…clearly I did not have my camera handy when they arrived!

Our second full day Brad and Virginia even went for a trail ride on “Jewel” and “Cowboy”, where they crossed the Colorado River on horseback! We also planned to rent a pontoon boat to take onto Grand Lake, but the weather had other plans. We decided instead to head out a day early and stop over in Steamboat. What a fun town! We had a great dinner and graced the Walmart parking lot with our shiny rig for the evening.

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Friday morning we continued west towards Dinosaur National Monument, our next stop before finally getting to our second campground at Wasatch State Park in Park City, UT.

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View from our campsite in Utah…ahhh!

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Head ’em up and move ’em out

For our second day at RMNP we decided to head back up to Sprague Lake to try a little fishing.  I would have preferred the Big Thompson, as it runs through Moraine Park, but with the streams and rivers swollen from runoff, the lake was our best bet.

We set up two rods and I was hoping to give Virginia her first casting lessons.  The weather was beautiful again today, but very “breezy”.  Too windy to cast from shore and without waders, that was as far as she could go.  I ventured out into the water myself but no luck.  Not a total loss though…I can always use the casting practice!

We drove up to Bear Lake but opted not to hike around it as Kimberly was dragging a little and neither Brad nor I were up for carrying her most of the way!  We headed back down Bear Lake Road and met “Big Bob”…grazing with some of his buddies right next to the road.  He was beautiful!

He just looked like a "Bob"!

He just looked like a “Bob”!

 

 

 

 

 

 

The next adventure on our list was to drive to the Alpine Visitors center along the Trail Ridge Road.  I believe this road is the highest in elevation in the US.  It was so beautiful and the wind was whipping!  We took video with the GoPro that captures the scenery quite well, the stills are not quite as accurate (compared to the real thing)!  There was still a good bit of snow in the higher elevations and we were well above the tree line.  The top elevation is somewhere around 12,150 ft!

The girls in front of the visitors center

The girls in front of the visitors center

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once we returned to our campsite, at a mere 8,500 ft, Brad and Virginia hopped on their bikes to take a ride.  Kimberly and I chilled out in the hammock, unfortunately she was not up for a nap though,  I could have used one!

After some discussion on the length of our drive on Wednesday, Brad and I opted to head out this afternoon and boondock in Cheyenne tonight.  We are nestled in between two 18-wheelers at the “Flying J” truck stop…Brad discovered this option on his way out west last week.

So cozy ;-)

So cozy 😉

 

 

 

 

 

 

We will be in a “real” campsite tomorrow night with hook ups so I can make blends for Kimberly, take a shower (tomorrow will be 4 days since our last!!!), and do some laundry.