Rocky Mountain NP, Part II

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After relocating to our new campsite we continued to enjoy the wonders of the Rocky Mountains.  The weather was a bit more challenging than of late, which slowed some of our activities (we were even lucky enough to witness the first snow of the season).  The mountain views around Estes Park were great.   We enjoyed being close to town and took advantage of a few local establishments like the Estes Park Brew Pub and Dave’s Smokin’ Barbeque. We managed to fit in a motorcycle ride together one afternoon and Chris explored the National Forest another day, while Kim did the laundry (a woman’s work is never done….).

Chasm Lake and Longs Peak
Chasm Lake and Longs Peak

The Rocky Mountain National Forest has several entrances and areas for hiking. The southeast side offered some new and interesting options for us. We wanted to tackle Longs Peak, the northernmost peak over 14,000 feet. The 16 miles roundtrip and 5,900 feet elevation gain, when already at high elevation, was more than we were willing to attempt.  We opted for an 8 mile roundtrip to Chasm Lake (on the Longs Peak Trail) where the views of Longs Peak were rewarding.

Taking a break along the Chasm Lake Trail
Taking a break along the Chasm Lake Trail

The trail to Chasm Lake was in itself a bit challenging, gaining 2,300 feet in elevation to top out at 11,700 feet, the highest we have ever hiked at. We stopped a few times along the way to take in the sights, rest, and of course take pictures. This bridge was the transition between the forest and the Alpine Tundra, where scrub brush and rocks make up most of the terrain.

Stone Church of St. Catherinea
Saint Catherine of Siena stone church

The rest of our time was spent visiting some historic sights, watching TV (a novel activity these days), and relaxing.  This stone church was quite impressive.

Next stop South Dakota.

10 Responses to “Rocky Mountain NP, Part II”

  1. mike says:

    Hey Guys,
    The views are amazing. You really are on the trip of a lifetime. My kids really enjoy checking out all the pictures and Jackson keeps asking if that is the motorcycle he sat on. Have a great time as you wind down your adventure and everyone looks forward to catching up when you get back.

    MG

    PS. I heard that you are making a trip to see one of the new 7 wonders of the world….Adrian Peterson. Enjoy and thanks for not rubbing it (the Browns game) in Chris.

    • admin says:

      Hey Mike,

      Tell Jackson I will take him for a ride on that bike if he wants ( and the parents agree). Just a short one around the neighborhood. Happy you are still checking us out. Poker in another month!

      Chris

  2. lindsay says:

    2 weeks and 6 days!!!

  3. Debbie says:

    Hi
    I’m sitting in my living room watching a really great sunset & enjoying your great pictures & commentary. School’s back in session full swing & we’ve already had our first pulled fire alarm and lock-down. Good times! Looking forward to your return home.

    Debbie

    • admin says:

      Hi Deb,

      Great to hear from you. Hope you had a nice summer. Hard to believe the year has come full circle. I am looking forward to the Tap and Mallet in a few weeks. Say hi to Daryl and Erin.

      Miss you guys:)
      Kim

  4. Jon Schwartz says:

    Badlands, Badlands, Badlands!!!

  5. brenda guild says:

    So Lindsay is starting the count down oh boy…. Only 20 days to live through it … That’s shorter than the count down to going to washington St…. Love ya See ya soon

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