Murphy'S Resort At Estes Park
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Sophie made us delicious pancakes for breakfast - she calls them "camper's favorite flapjacks" - and then we slowly pulled ourselves together for a hike. This time we took the shuttle bus to Cub Lake. We had been told there would be fewer people, but we weren't told that it was a horse trail! We started out following 3 horses but it was so stinky behind them that we took a couple of early breaks until we lost them. We walked through a ...
... Longmont, CO. I got a bottle of Moscato wine.
Then we headed to our cottage which is on the top of a hill and built over a garage. It is just right for us with one bedroom and a futon in living room for Erin. It has a great deck where we headed with our glasses of beer and wine. We relaxed out there for a while and discovered that there are a ton of birds in the trees and on the ground here. We have a great view of Longs Peak and ...
... we continued climbing up with more snow all around and between the trees and more slippery paths..until we reached dream lake... this was a long narrow stretch of water again frozen over with a great view of hallett peak at 12,713ft. at the end .
Here the boys wanted to do the 6 mile hike around the whole area,but we had already walked about 2 miles and the start of the path was so snowy and it was cold and and and ... so eventually we just walked another 2 mile return trip to ...
... granite domes and features resemble another area in Idaho that is both near and dear to our heart's - City of Rocks. The granite is featured (providing great friction and adequate handholds generally) and
extremely compact and solid (great for placing protection). And the setting is gorgeous in its own right.
... the light on the mountains was magnificent!! Then there off the small road to Moraine was a whole herd of elk. They were bugling away! I would like to note that it entertains me to know that in the animal world it is the MALE that has to have the large rack to impress the FEMALE!! After much enjoying of the beauty of the elk against the purple mountains in the fading light we headed back and ate dinner at a diner next to the hotel. Not the best meal but it was food. ...