Originally, I had planned to go to Colorado in August.
Something came up, so I rescheduled the trip. September was open...of course it was, I'm retired.
Because of my bloggie break, I'm going backwards rather than staying current.
The first morning my friend and I got up and headed toward RMNP...early
We had spent the night in Boulder rather than heading to the park in the late evening. We wanted the view...
Between Nederland and Estes we found that many others had the same idea.
The weather was perfect...shorts and tees!
Then there was the color!!! Everywhere!!!
The first day, this scene was everywhere we looked. Just breathtaking!!!
We drove around taking pics of everything. Toward evening, we went to our perfect cabin that sits right on The Big Thompson.
We could hear the elk, smell the pine and flipped a coin to see who got the bedroom and who had to sleep on the sofa bed. The room was nice...hahaha I was the winner.
During the night it rained. In fact it was thundering when we got up. I was so worried that I wouldn't get any pics. We went to the Big Horn for breakfast. Love the Big Horn...It has that mountain feel to it.
After a huge breakfast of biscuits and gravy, we headed to the park. It was still raining and I was still worrying. We rounded one curve and this rainbow was right in front of us. Wow!!!
Toward evening, the elk come out from the tree lines. You hear them bugle, then one (if you're lucky) will wonder out. There's not as many elk in the park as there used to be. There used to be over 3000 in the park, which the ranger explained, was too many. The herds have been thinned down to about 900. We found out that the cows with tags were on birth control...what???
Watching the elk used to be so exciting...now the biggest excitement was finding a parking spot. The park is loaded with retirees and we all have the same idea and looking for that perfect viewing spot.
This photo was taken right below Alberta Falls. Yep, I hiked this trail loaded with camera stuff, including a heavy tripod. It used to be easy hiking...but this ole flatlander was huffing and puffing by the time I got here...and this is considered an easy hike. It's funny about getting older. Hiking is not as easy. Climbing down to the water isn't as easy. I found that I really needed a hiking stick to kind of help me keep my balance...sheesh! Life sure does change, doesn't it???