Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Glimpse of Colorado

Just in case you need to get your collective juices flowing for your upcoming Colorado trip... here are some pictures from our past couple of weekends in the mountains. Some of these views are similar to some you will see when you are here.

A couple of weekends ago, we stayed in Winter Park (which is very close to snow mountain ranch where we will be staying for a few days when you guys are all here)

This first photo is us on top of Berthoud pass. There is still back-country skiing going on up in that area. We were just driving through. When you T.R.A.S.H. people are here, we will most likely go over this pass either on our way to or back from the YMCA of the Rockies. It will be interesting to see if there is still considerable snow.

This shot is from a trail in Grand Lake, about half an hour North of Winter Park. Grand Lake is the town closest to the entrance of Rocky Mountain National Park on the West side of the Continental Divide.

As you can see from this picture, we had to hike through some snow to get close to the lake.

For our Memorial Day Weekend Camping trip. We went up to Rocky Mountain National Park. We were on the other side of the Continental Divide for our camping trip.

This is Tyler and Connor in front of Long's Peak. Unfortunately, Long's peak gets lost in the clouds in this picture. This was a much nicer view in person than comes across in the photo.
This is a view above Cub Lake. We got to this lake by hiking about 2 1/2 miles into the mountains.

This is a picture of the valley through which the Cub Lake trail leads. The snow-covered mountains in the back are part of the continental divide. Some of them are accessible via Trail-Ridge-Road. Tracy is considering leading the group up this route on our way to Tabernash.

We had lunch on this rock on the way up to Cub Lake.

Here is the family up at Cub Lake. It is quite a hike for a six-year old. Connor got to ride in a pack, so it is not nearly as impressive that he made it as it was that Tyler did. Connor called the mountains in the background "Rocky Mountain Pie". I am not sure how he came up with that name, but it works fine for me.

And of course, what is Colorado camping without guitar and singing by the campfire? If you are all nice you might be able to convince the artist to perform for you while you are here.

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