Monday, July 02, 2007

Rocky Mountain Splendor

As soon as John was free on Friday, we drove to Rocky Mountain National Park in Estes Park, Colorado. Two summers ago we spent a week here, so we knew our first stop would be Moraine Park. John fished the river and I searched out new wildflowers.

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On Saturday, we woke up early to hike to Dream Lake. This is a popular trail and we wanted to beat the crowds. The views along the trail are magnificent and the lake proved to be full of native Greenback Trout.

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View from the Trail

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Hallet Peak and Small Pool off of Dream Lake

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Catch of the Day

After lunch, we drove the Trail Ridge Road. The views are awe-inspiring.

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Identifying the Tundra Flowers

There was time for one more hike. We chose the Calypso Cascades trail. This trail runs along the North St. Vrain River and is a place where the Fairy Slipper Orchid flower is occasionally seen--perfect for a fisherman and a flower watcher. There were no Fairy Slippers this day, but a couple of fish were fooled into being caught.

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Copeland Falls

Yesterday, it was time to leave all this beauty behind. I wonder where people who live here go on vacation? Wherever it is, I bet they can't wait to get home.

8 comments:

  1. Next year Smith is coming to the Wool Market with me and we plan some time in the park. It's so beautiful and you found some lovely spots!

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  2. Nice fish! It's been years since I've been in Colorado, but it's one of the most beautiful states for sure! Thanks for sharing:~D

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  3. beautiful! i bet you can't wait to go back!

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  4. Colorado is my and dh's favorite state to vacation. We've never been to the specific places you mentioned, but I'll take note of them for future visits there.

    My dh used to live in Colorado before we met and married. Each summer, he'd drag his family (before me) down to Texas and spend his vacation time visiting relatives here in this horrid humid heat. I told him that if we ever do move to Colorado, I will NOT be coming back to Texas to vacation in the summer time. We will vacation on our deck overlooking the mountains!

    I loved your pictures. :-)

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  5. Great shots! They all look like fishing holes...hmmmm wonder why? RMNP is one of my favorite places it is a great photo op as well. Glad you had a good trip. I always enjoy your camera perspective.

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  6. WOW! That is a beautiful place! Isn't God's creation simply amazing?

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  7. Gorgeous! That looks like a peaceful, wonderful place!

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  8. Great shots of a most beautiful place!

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~Tracy