Every other year we head to Estes Park for our family vacation. We love it there. Just as it is getting REALLY hot here, we leave town and head to cooler Rocky Mountain temperatures...70's in the day and 40's at night. We like to hike, eat, hike, shop, hike, eat, and did I mention eat? We also feed a few chipmunks (it is allowed by our cabins so), go horseback riding and of course we always go up Trail Ridge Road even though I am terrified of heights. It is a very fun vacation...relaxing and peaceful. The cabins we stay at have no television or phone and there is barely cell phone reception. Work is turned off and so are the Nintendo DS's! I thought I would share a few pictures so that you will know why we love this place...so here goes...
One fun thing we like to do is acquire trail patches. Just about every trail we have hiked with the kids has a patch that you can purchase downtown. So after the kids finish a trail, we head downtown to eat a great meal and buy the patch. That evening, I sew the patch onto each of their ballcaps and they think that is so cool! This is such an inexpensive treat for the kids that they love!
Many times in the evenings, the elk come down from the mountains and bring their herds to large fields like this one. For some reason, we have video of the elk, but not very many good pictures.
Each time we go to Estes Park, we head to the Alluvian Fan which is a great spot to snap photos of the kids.
We will be heading there in the next few weeks and are anticipating lots of water in these streams because of all of the snow that RMNP has gotten this year. According to some of the reports I have read, many of the trails we hike are snow-packed still. Hopefully, by the time we head there, much of it will be melted.
Have you ever been to Estes Park?
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