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After arrival on our first day in Grand
Lake, we took a short hike to a pretty waterfall,
Adams Falls, just to stretch our legs and get a
little bit used to the altitude. It wasn't enough
to get us acclimated but, at around 8,500 feet,
it told us that we definitely were not used to
hiking at that level or higher …
A short distance up the road from the KOA was the Dinosaur National Monument. The visitor center has an interesting film to tell you about the area. Then we took a shuttle up the quarry where there are dinosaur bones still in rock. Very fascinating how they got washed away in a river and then stuck to the rock when everything dried up. Some bones …
... is at the side of the mountain roads. We pass the peak at 12,183 ft (3.713 m) and slowly wind our way down to the Grand Lake area, where we camp for the night. Here we also meet the Colorado River the first time - still tiny, formed from just melted snow in the Rockys.
We slept so well chalking up nearly 12 hours. So a good start to the day with a quick walk and breakfast before hitting the road heading for Walden. The valley with towering tree covered mountains and fast running river was just as beautiful as the day before. Stopped to admire the view and surprised a marmot. Soon we were above the tree line and the mountain plains stretched either side of us for miles. This area was mainly cattle ranches. We stopped in Walden ...
... a huge heard of elk up on the ridge. In short it was an awesome day.
We took the RV down the Old Fall River Road, a one way 11 mile gravel road, which was a mistake and Chris was stressed the whole time having to do lots of 3 point turns to get round hairpin corners. At the end of the drive we were rewarded by seeing our first male elk
with full antlers eating grass with some awesome mountains as the backdrop. We also saw a yellow bellied marmot right on ...