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It was cold when we woke up! 43 degrees!
The plan was to do a couple little hikes and then drive through Rocky Mountain National Park. Picked out a good little hike of about 2 miles each way called Lily Mountain. Now we are hiking people, Rob has 25 High Peaks in the ADKs under his belt and I have 17, my kids each have a handful as well. 4000 ft in ADKs is considered fairly impressive, but this little gem was 9786 ft and we started nearly 3000 ...
... Just by the entrance we saw some mule deer grazing and then soon after the entrance, the most beautiful owlets, on their nest, with mum, a Great Horned Owl, on the branch above. They had very conveniently chosen the nearest pine to the road so everyone could see them. A few metres away, there were some wild turkeys and a few elk pottering about.
Then we got further into the park proper and the views were amazing. We stopped at various places and chatted to a ...
... the history. Short walks at the top - views of surrounding countryside for miles and miles. One of the rangers told me he lives there by choice, not circumstance. I like that.
Continued on Rt.71S, to 88W. Town has some of the smallest houses I've ever seen. Thought about heading west on a canyon road, but was warned it is often muddy, or snowy, and turns to gravel, so I stayed with the 'real' road. ...
... br> RMNP has only one fourteener, Long’s Peak, which can be seen very prominently from the northern half of the Front Range (by which I mean the plains just to the east of the mountains where the majority of Coloradans reside). Long’s was the first fourteener I climbed a few weeks after I arrived in Colorado for graduate school in 1991. I chose to hike it because it was the one I could see from my apartment window in Westminster, not realizing that ...
... when I traveled to Italy to see it everywhere. Sure most everyone
knows the story, but it would be nice to call this out and explain why this is
a huge deal in most of Europe (aka explain the Epiphany). And explain the evolution of how the christkind
is a female angle and not a baby or Santa Claus.
Another missing section is German Christmas Traditions. I
feel if you only mention the Christmas Markets you are essentially making ...