Monday, September 17, 2012

Alpine Visitor Center

My favorite place is Rocky Mountain National Park. 
I've been hiking, backpacking, camping there since the early 70's...have never grown tired of it.
Have always loved camping...oooh the smell of coffee and pine trees in the morning!!! mmmm
Fall is probably my favorite time. This is when the elk are in rut. I love hunting elk... No, not with a weapon, but with binoculars and camera...and coffee.
The big bulls come down, from the high country, to the meadows and, ooh my...what a show they can put on! 
In the morning, I get caught up with my computer stuff... read blogs, check mail...and visit my web cams.  I for sure visit the Estes Park cams...that's where this picture is from. 

Alpine Visitors Center
The Alpine Visitor Center is the highest elevation visitor center in the National Park Service, situated at 11,796' at Fall River Pass. The Alpine Visitor Center Webcam reveals views of the Fall River canyon, Old Fall River Road, the Mummy Mountains, and part of Trail Ridge.
ommmmm

14 comments:

Arkansas Patti said...

Looks like paradise to me. Doesn't even ordinary food just taste marvelous in the fresh air. The perfect condiment.

farmlady said...

These are the places that make the "third noble truth" possible. It's possible to cultivate your mind into spaciousness when you see the beauty and perspective of locations like these mountain parks.
I love camping... and COFFEE. Coffee is what makes all things clear. Ha! Coffee makes life more passionate and AWAKE. Buddha would approve... I think.

turquoisemoon said...

Oooh Patti...I have missed you so!!! Oh yes, food is wonderful. I love cooking out when camping. And when hiking, even those "healthy snacks" taste good...

Farmlady, I think Buddha would approve of coffee, especially when it's early morning and chilly... Thanks for visiting...

Lulu said...

sooooo beautiful! xxx

Debra She Who Seeks said...

There's no place on earth so beautiful as the Rockies, it's true. Enjoy your rutting elk!

turquoisemoon said...

Lulu, I'm craving the mountains... This mornings web cam showed this dusting and just thought it was so wonderful.

Debra, I do love watching and listening to elk. Very much...

Introverted Art said...

This is so beautiful. The view on this photo is amazing. I can almost smell it.

turquoisemoon said...

Ana, There are so many beautiful, wild places. I also travel (via web cam) to Santa Fe, and Old Faithful, which is "live" and all sorts of fun places in Colorado, NM, ooh and a few other beautiful states. Cams don't completely satisfy my wonderlust, but, does let my mind travel...like every morning...hahaha

Ashling said...

Have never been but sure would love to. And yes indeed, coffee & camping are inextricable!

FOLKWAYS NOTEBOOK said...

Your life in the mountains seems so calming. Elk are bold creatures that carry themselves in such a confident way. Hiking probably lets you come face to face with a few. -- barbara

Sandy said...

Man that makes me want to go camping bad! you had me at coffee!! :)

turquoisemoon said...

Ashling, Oooh I do love RMNP, actually all the National Parks. There's a few I haven't been to, yet, but they're on my bucket list.

Barbara, I've never seen any elk while hiking. There are two meadows that I go to watch. Hiking is when I get to see some of the most incredible views...falls, lakes...wowza.

Sandy, Breakfast tastes different when cooked outside...but so does lunch and supper. And then there's coffee while watching hummingbirds.

womanbread said...

Hi! I just 'found' you via Ana's Introverted Art blog, and I am so happy I have. I've never been to Rocky Mountain National Park, but would so love to one day. I agree with Arkansas Patti - it does indeed look like a little bit of paradise to me, too. Mmmm...fresh coffee in the morning on a crisp, autumnal morning. Heavenly. Thanks for sharing your little bit of heaven. - June

turquoisemoon said...

Hi June, Ana's got such a fun blog! She's so young and full of ideas... I love RMNP! BF and I are planning a trip out there sometime next month. He's a farmer, so we've got to schedule carefully, between calving, etc. My late husband and I went out there all the time. I really miss that...and him...