Blogs from Rocky Mountains, Colorado, United States, North America - page 7

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Once again we headed up into the mountains for some camping and hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park. After we got our camp site set up, we took a hike up to see a few of the glacial lakes we had seen last time. The trail was completely unfrozen this time, which made the hiking easier, but the scenery was still just as magnificent. On day two we decided to hike up Flattop mountain. At 12,324 ft, it was the highest peak we'd ever climbed. The trail was about as long, and had about as much vertical gain as Mt. Washington, but it seemed much less strenuous, which was a huge relief. Our final day in the park was the 4th of July. We wanted to go on a short hike before we left, but the ... read more
Dream Lake
Elk!
Dream lake from Above


Our RV site at the Mountain Views RV Park in Creede was right on the Rio Grande River, which allowed us to watch the twice-daily parade of river rafters as well as men and women fly fishing from boats. While Alan caught a few small trout from the river using a conventional rod/reel, the highlight of our trip was a fly-fishing trip to a mountain creek in the Wiminuche Wilderness Area. We first learned how to cast the fly rod in the campground. The next day, our guide Robert, accompanied by his canine companion Willow, picked us up early for the drive into the Rio Grande National Forest. At the trailhead, we donned waders, boots, vests, and assorted gear for the day-long excursion. We hiked in for about an hour through the forest, made several precarious ... read more
Alan's catch of the day
Alan trying his luck with the fly rod
Diane trying not to fall in


Creede Elevation 8,862; Mineral County Population ~ 900 We arrived in Creede June 1st to clear blue skies, with chilly daytime temperatures and overnight freezing. Since much of the country was sweltering or being flooded, we didn’t complain too much. The weather did warm up nicely during the month. Creede is an old silver mining town whose heyday was the late 1800’s. Quite a few colorful Western characters spent time here over the years. Silver was mined until the mid 1970’s, and a mining company plans new exploration this year. Evidence of old abandoned silver mines remain in the hills around town, and a popular driving tour has mileposts marking historical mining locations. There is not even one traffic light in town, and the pace of life is relaxed and definitely Western! Creede has a very ... read more
Rio Grande Headwaters
Copper Creek Trail
Creede Area View


Today’s hike was such a good time, and by far the best hike I’ve done since being out here in Boulder. About 1 hour Northwest of Boulder is the Bear Lake trailhead, where I started my hike. To be honest I was a little surprised to see snow on the ground when I arrived at 9am; considering I was in shorts and a tee-shirt. Oh well never mind I will see how it goes. I marched off down the trail where 25 yards later I’m faced with a trail sign pointing off into the snow-covered forest. After staring at what does not look like a trail I figured it was best if I consulted with the park rangers and returned to the trailhead. He reassured me that was in fact the trail and there are only ... read more


With all of our spare time out here, we decided to spend some time camping in nearby Rocky Mountain National Park. The park is about 45 minutes from Boulder, but it feels so much more remote. We stayed at an amazing campsite in a glacial valley, with views of snow covered peaks on two sides of us. We are definitely planning on returning to the park soon.... read more
Reflection in Dream Lake
Elk!
Cub Lake

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As we turn our trailer Eastward, we must collect our thoughts about this journey, and especially what is has meant to the kids. But that will take time. When Max was hiking in Bryce Canyon he told us that his eyes had been hungry before the trip, and at Bryce they felt full. We wish that every family we know can find a way to sleep under the stars like nomads sometime. Zoya and Max are writing away. Preparing for presentations to their classes in NY will be a good gathering and processing time. Some photos here reflect recent experiences in Utah, the UK and Colorado. To catch you up: The show (Woody Sez) went beautifully in Brighton, which is a marvellous seaside English town. The kids and Olga took a day trip to London and ... read more
Max's Castle
Max of Arc
Zoya Takes a Pottery Lesson

North America » United States » Colorado » Rocky Mountains December 10th 2007

The train journey from Denver to Winter Park was a short but enjoyable one. We left at about 8.05am and proceeded west until we reached the mountains. The train then snaked it´s way up the mountain side, doubling back and forth on itself, climbing only short distances at a time (the train could only go up a max. gradient of 3%). As we climbed we passed through small tunnels carved out of the rock. Eventually we reached the top and could see the peak which was surrounded by clouds. By now my ears had popped on numerous occasions due to the altitude. As we travelled along the mountain top we passed tiny little towns made up of a handful of houses and a frozen stream ran parallel to the train. I arrived in the small town ... read more
Frozen Stream
Fraser Station
My Hotel from the slopes

North America » United States » Colorado » Rocky Mountains October 26th 2007

Finally back on the road again almost a year to the date since my last entry. After 2 weeks in North Carolina we skipped thru rainy Arkansas and Oklahoma to get some time in the mountains before it gets to cold and snowy. Echo, who has been my "latch key dog" for most of the last year is as happy as I am to be traveling again. The Colorado mountains with the first snow of the season are unbelievable. The trade off is some very cold nights in the teens. I'll spend another week or two in Colorado then head into Utah and all the canyons. I'll be back next month sometime. ... read more
Zapata Falls, Colorado
Very windy up here. I was at 11,500' and the peaks around me were over 14,000'
Blanchard Springs, Arkansas

North America » United States » Colorado » Rocky Mountains August 24th 2007

Wow- after getting back from 3 days in the Rocky Mountains, I was blown away by how pretty they are, and the variety of flora & fauna. Every 30 mins the scenery changes, and you enter a different climate with new animals. It's really amazing, and you get really entranced by driving through it or hiking. Becca & I left Boulder after the triathlon on the 22nd (or rather after our nap after the triathlon), and headed to Estes Park, on the east side of Rocky Mountain National Park. The drive there was really nice, but we were both really tired, so we pitched a tent in the Moraine Campground and found a nice joint for some bbq ribs for dinner. Sleeping in the tent is something that I am not really used to (the 3 ... read more

North America » United States » Colorado » Rocky Mountains August 10th 2007

Distance: 9 miles Rating: Difficult For my third (and what proved to be my final) trip to Rocky Mountain National Park this season, I wanted to attempt a long and relatively difficult hike. The trail to Sky Pond takes hikers past three beautiful lakes, two impressive waterfalls, and passes through some of the best scenery that the eastern part of the park has to offer. This was easily one of the best and most rewarding hikes that I’ve been on this entire season. I was particularly proud of myself for making the short but very steep scramble up Timberline Falls to Lake of Glass. I was a bit intimidated by this part of the hike at first, but my curiosity and desire to reach the end eventually overrode my trepidation. Like my earlier trip to Mills ... read more
The narrow canyon just before reaching the Loch
A small outlet of the Loch with the Continental Divide in the background
Thatchtop




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