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2013 – Rocky Mountain National Park – Part 3a

Along Bear Lake Road

Longs Peak – Hallett Peak

Longs Peak                                                  Hallett Peak

Turkeys

Wild Turkey’s

Trail Ridge

Many Parks Curve (40 23.267N 105 37.954W)

 

Longs Peak – Moraine Park

Longs Peak                                              Moraine Park

Grouse

Grouse

Forest Canyon Overlook

Hayden Spire – Terra Tomah

Hayden Spire                             Terra Tomah

 Rock Cut

Rock Cut – Rock Cut

 
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Posted by on 08/20/2013 in Trip Reports

 

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2013 – Rocky Mountain National Park – Part 2c

As mentioned in the previous post the other part of the second half of the day was a roadside geology tour.  In this post I will show you some of the photos from those stops.

Stop #1:  Glacial Till – Terminal Moraine (40 24.113N 105 36.289W)

RMNP - Stop #1:  Glacial Till - Terminal Moraine

Stop #2 – Sheep Lakes – Kettles (40 24.271N 105 37.120W)

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Stop #3:  Horseshoe Park – Ypsilon Mnt. – U Shape Valley

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Stop #4 – <Nothing found>

Stop #5 – Many Parks Curve – Long’s Peak

RMNP - Stop #5 - Many Parks Curve - Long's Peak

Stop #6 – Rainbow Curve / Pika (Animal)

RMNP - Stop #6 - Rainbow Curve / Pika (Animal)

RMNP - Stop #6 - Rainbow Curve / Pika (Animal)

Stop #7 – Forest Canyon Overlook Terra Tomah Mtn

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RMNP - Stop #7 - Forest Canyon Overlook Terra Tomah MtnRMNP - Stop #7 - Forest Canyon Overlook Terra Tomah MtnRMNP - Stop #7 - Forest Canyon Overlook Terra Tomah Mtn

 
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Posted by on 08/19/2013 in Trip Reports

 

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2013 – Rocky Mountain National Park – Part 2a

On on second day we head into an area know as Bear Lake and with our early morning start we catch one of the reasons for this name…

RMNP - Black Bear

We will reach the trail head at ~7:30AM and take the left path where most that travel here go right to Bear Lake itself and then turn back.

RMNP - Bear Lake Trail Head

Our first planned photo stop is Nymph Lake which takes us about 20 minute to reach since do stop to enjoy the views and take photos along the way,

Nymph Lake

About an hour into our morning hike, we reach a point on this path where you can split off toward Lake Haiyaha as well as Bear Lake but we are not headed toward either on this hike.

RMNP - Trail Route

We will reach Dream Lake a few minutes later…

RMNP - Dream Lake

Onto Emerald Lake next which puts us about 2 hours into the hike now.  Yea, a slow pace but we enjoy the journey as much as the destination…

RMNP - Emerald Lake

Time to head back but we will also enjoy the hike down as well as the light change changes the views.  So, here we are back at Dream Lake around 10AM.

RMNP - Dream Lake

Around 10:30 we get back to Nymph Lake

RMNP - Nymph LakeRMNP - Nymph Lake

We are back to the Trail Head at 10:45 and the parking lot is “Packed”; sure glad we started early.

Now you might ask what views between the lakes was there to see; who about this one…

RMNP - Bear Lake Trail

Time to go enjoy more of the park in others areas which will be covered in our next post…

 
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Posted by on 08/19/2013 in Trip Reports

 

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2013 – Rocky Mountain National Park – Part 1c

To complete the day we still need to get down from the pass; especially with the clouds rolling in…

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Spot some wildlife just off the roadway but no good place to stop so a shot out the window and keep going…

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Time to stop at an Overlook and enjoy some of the views of the park…

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As we get to the lower altitudes we get into Moose territory and bingo we see one…

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We reach the point along the route were we cross over the Continental Divide at 10,759ft above Sea Level

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Just enough time left in the day for a short hike along the Ute Trail…

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Day one over but we still have two more days to share with you still to come…

 
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Posted by on 08/18/2013 in Trip Reports

 

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2013 – Rocky Mountain National Park – Part 1b

As we continued our drive on Old Fall River Road, we will enjoy nearly every turn-out we find and then some…

Old Fall River Road

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Old Fall River RoadOld Fall River Road

Find another local going about it’s daily tasks as if not to care we were taking photos…

Old Fall River Road

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We then reach the top of Trail Ridge behind the Store and Cafe at an elevation of 11,796 feet…

Trail Ridge - Store and Cafe

Well, we are at the top so it’s Lunch and then more stops along the way down but that’s the next post…

 
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Posted by on 08/18/2013 in Trip Reports

 

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2013 – Rocky Mountain National Park – Part 1a

On August 18 we head to our “Back Yard” to enjoy a mini three (3) day vacation in Estes Park

We will head into the park via US 34 in the Big Thompson Canyon and stop to take some photos along the way.  One of those stops is at the Big Thompson Canyon Flood Memorial located at 40 25.787N 105 18.956W.

In Memory Of Sgt. W. Hugh Purdy / Michel O. Conley Colorado State Patrol / Estes Park Patrolman

In Memory Of
Sgt. W. Hugh Purdy / Michel O. Conley
Colorado State Patrol / Estes Park Patrolman

They Gave Their Lives To Save The Lives Of Others
The Night Of July 31, 1976 When More Than 140 Persons
Died In The Great Flash Flood of Big Thompson Canyon.

After entering the park, we will take the “Old Fall River Road” which today is a One-Way route with wonderful views all along the route.  Here is just a small sample of the beautiful scenes long the initial section plus a friend we found at one stop.

Old Fall River Road

Old Fall River RoadOld Fall River Road

Old Fall River RoadOld Fall River Road

We will reach Chapin Pass at 40 26.089N 105 43.821W with an elevation of ~11,000 feet.  Here too we see another friend in the distance enjoy the morning sun on a rock face…

Chapin Pass

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We will continue on up the road in the next post…

 
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Posted by on 08/18/2013 in Trip Reports

 

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2013 – Silverdale Historic District

Up near Georgetown, there is an old Ghost Town know as Silverdale and we will spend most of the day exploring this area.

To begin with we catch a few signs at the parking area at the trail head…

Silverdale Interpretive SiteSilverdale Interpretive Site

Our first stop will be at the ruins of the Colorado Central Mill and we will also find a friend enjoying the quite morning up here in the mountains.  The mill stopped operating in the 1920’s.

Colorado Central MillDeer near Colorado Central Mill

The vast majoring of the trail we will be hiking is also old mining Railroad bed so you know I will be taking photos all along the route to document it and we will also find a few remnants along the way

Silverdale Mining RailroadSilverdale Mining Railroad

The trail dead-ends where the railroad would have crossed the creek as at a trestle is long since gone and then over another one yet

Silverdale Mining Railroad

We will double back and drive up the road to another trail head where we catch an old mining structure that would have been near where the railroad would have come after crossing the Leavenworth Creek.

Silverdale Mining Ruin

Above this location yet would have been Marshall Tunnel which today is no longer accessible…

Marshall Tunnel Marshall Tunnel

We will head into Georgetown and have lunch at the old Colorado Central Depot that was also used by the Georgetown Loop Railroad.

Colorado Central Depot - Georgetown, CO

Just would be right not to at least catch a photo of the train while in town…

Georgetown Loop Railroad

 

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2013 – Summer Vacation – Part 9A

Our last day of this trip is all about taken a Scenic Drive taking in the Rocky Mountains.  As we leave Gunnison, CO we head up Hwy 135 towards Crested Butte,  It’s June and there is still snow in the high mountains ahead of us.

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Once pass Crested Butte, we take Gunnison County 12 to Kebler Pass where we will also catch one of the residents of the high mountains taking a break catching some morning sunshine.

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As we pass County 12E, we catch this view of Ruby Peak

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As we pass over a bridge we stop to enjoy this view below

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We catch this view of East Beckwith Mountain a bit farther down the road

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We make a stop near Road #706 to read about a trail head here (Lost Lake)

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Here is a shot we took of Marcellina Mountain

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We catch another view of East Beckwith Mountain as well

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Posted by on 06/09/2013 in Trip Reports

 

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2013 – Summer Vacation – Part 4A

On this day we get up early to head back to the Great Sand Dunes National Park to take a hike up to the Overlook.  Great views and some wildlife along the way as well…

Great Sand Dunes

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We will also stop by the lower area where most folks stop to enjoy the dunes…

Great Sand Dunes

From there we head over to Zapata Falls that we understood was an easy to moderate hike.  Well, the hike had a bit of a grade but not bad but once we got near the waterfall we got a huge shock.  To actually see the falls one has to forge there way up the water itself using cables that were supposed to be bolted into the rocks.  Several bolts were broke and there would be nothing easy to get the falls.  For Lisa this would be a useless hike but since we are here I tired to get upstream without getting hurt and did get at least near enough to the base for a few photos…

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In the above shot you can see part of the cables attached to the rock.  I was able to get just beyond that are into the hollow area before turning back.  I was wet up to my knees and later found the tennis-shoes I was wearings did not take kindly to getting wet.  Oh well, at least I got a few shots and we can mark this off out bucket list of waterfalls.

 
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Posted by on 06/04/2013 in Trip Reports

 

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2013 – Titans of the Ice Age 3D

Got back to the DMN&S This weekend to catch the 3D movie “Titans of the Ice Age 3D” we didn’t get to on our last trip.

Titans of the Ice Age 3D

 
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Posted by on 04/07/2013 in Trip Reports

 

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