The weekend before Joey's accident we were road trippin' through Rocky Mountain National Park. It was weeks later before I even downloaded the photos to my laptop. Then another week before we even looked at them. So I guess it's no surprise it's months before I get around to blogging about it. BUT...In order to fully experience our drive through Rocky Mountain National Park with us, you must first turn up the stereo. If you're reading this through a reader I tried to embed the music player but it wouldn't work, so if you want to get the full experience you'll have to take that extra click to get you there, to my actual site. I know..the horror. But I like to think it's worth it.
Starting point, our guest room at The Longbranch Restaurant in Granby, CO:
Lake Granby, outside the park
Clean up for lunch
While everyone else gets ready to eat, Jewel can't put down her new caterpillar friend.
Stopped at another creek:
This is where I make them stop what they're doing and smile for the camera
Hike to the bridge:
Notice the Swift Water sign?
I had an ambush waiting for me once I reached the bridge:
Kick off your shoes...
We've got more exploring to do..
Jewel's getting brave.
The boys are tough, though...they can handle it. they can handle anything.
Well......maybe not Jake...
Just don't go past that big rock.
Not a problem for some.
But of course he can't let his little brother out do him.
Jonas up to his neck in melted Rocky Mountain snow.
Wearing a shirt made the water somehow less cold, he says.
He felt so good about himself he allowed a photo.
We went to Moraine Park Museum next, where we edumacated ourselves on glaciers and mountains and Indians and buffalo and.....and....
We bypassed Estes park and planned on heading home. Then we saw Lily Lake.
Who could resist?
By the time everyone figured out it was longer than they thought, it was too late..they couldn't turn back. Jewel didn't mind at all.
Even Jonas caught the fun walking bug.
I could follow these people forever.
Every once in a while though I get a: Are you coming?
I could have stayed out here forever.
We topped off the day with a poolside room in, I believe, Eagle, CO. I do know for sure it was a Holiday Inn Express (quickly becoming my home away from home away from bus).
We got a nice discount on the room, then the free poolside upgrade, along with the boys' desire to swim and play until pool closing......we splurged and treated ourselves to room service, wonderful room service, including dessert.
As beautiful as the Park was, the kids declared the hotel the highlight of the weekend. I loved it all. Joey just dreams of being able to walk across mossy rocks in swift water again.
After rereading this post I realized there's not one mention of how it was crowded as hell and we couldn't get a parking spot at any of the major sites. The only way to see the the most popular parts of the park was to take the shuttle bus....and that wasn't happening. It also rained a lot. The massive people is what I remember as my biggest turn off for the park, but we quickly found cool, off the beaten path places and had a great time, probably even better than the key tourist places. I took a gazillion pictures this day, and thankfully!! because when we looked through the pictures on the computer we had COMPLETELY forgotten about swimming in the icy cold river and hiking around Lily Lake. All I remembered was we were there, and there were too many people. ( Joey's accident turned everything else into a big blur)The pictures bring it all back for me and each one has it's own story behind it. Not a story with words, just a lot of good feelings. Feelings that we can't wait to get back to someday...soon.