Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Rocky Mountains National Park - Day 2

Last night we stayed in a rustic little cabin by the Fall River. Evelyn's first reaction was, "I don't like this place." But once she got over the outdated furniture and realized how nature-y it was, she really liked it.
One of my favorite things about our cabin was the picnic table. Julia spilled her juice, but no biggie. We girls dropped donut crumbs all over the place, but, again, no big deal. (By the way - the "Donut Haus" in Estes Park makes awesome donuts!)After attending a very informative puppet show (about the pine beetle), we girls caught the tail-end of a ranger talk about bighorn sheep. Then we began our ascent, stopping now and then for some photo ops. The picture below has the Sheep Lakes area in the valley, with Julia's "Snowy Mountains" (also known as Evelyn's "Rocky Mountains") in the background.

The destination of the day was Bear Lake. It takes some work to get to this very popular, 1/2-mile hike. We had to park quite a ways away and then take a shuttle bus, which isn't what I remembered from the last time I was here.

Nonetheless, dealing with other tourists was well worth it. The length of the hike was perfect for Julia, and Evelyn enjoyed the scenery. I know Evelyn and I can't wait to come back to these mountains!


Disobedient Tiger said...

Hey, what a coincidence! We just got a postcard from two pretty girls in the Rocky Mountains! Thank you for thinking of us.

The water looks so inviting.