Rocky Mountain Adventures

Trip Start Jul 10, 2009
Trip End Dec 20, 2009

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Sunday, July 12, 2009

Yesterday our host dad, Tim took Kristine and I all over Denver, the surrounding cities, and up into the Rocky Mountains. He was such a good sport about everything. Every time Kristine or I asked for him to stop the car for a photo op, he was so nice and took our pictures.

When we entered the National Park, the park ranger told Kristine and I that if we stood at the entrance patiently enough then a hummingbird might land and sit on our finger. We were so excited to see if they really would that we stood there for about 15 minutes until we got pictures of them sitting on each of our fingers! I've never seen a hummingbird slow down enough to perch on a person's finger before so that was so neat for me.

I was so excited to actually go into the Rocky Mountains. (I mean, seriously, people write songs about the Rocky Mountains!) It was such a beautiful day outside. When we left the house it was about 90 degrees outside. At the bottom of the mountain is was around 75 degrees.... It was so extremely beautiful. Every turn brought a different and equally amazing view. Colorado is just breathtaking.

As we drove higher and higher, we noticed that it was getting cloudier outside. Right as we are getting to the VERY top of Mt. Evan a lightening and sleet storm started! It was insane, The wind was blowing so hard and snow/sleet started to collect on the car and outside, We sat in the car for about 30 minutes waiting for the storm to pass. Mrs Regina packed us a cooler of snacks so we sat and ate until the weather (darn it MONA) calmed down enough for us to go outside of the car.

When we finally got outside, it was about 25 degrees outside! CRAZY!! The sleet and wind was hitting us pretty hard but we wanted some pictures at the top so we ran as fast as we could to a little structure to take some pictures. Tim was so amazing. He stood out in the sleet and would yell "1,2,3" and on 3 Kristine and I would jump out and pose really quick and then run back behind the wall!! It was pretty hilarious.

As we ran back to the car we noticed a sign that said the elevation level and I wanted a picture by it. The sleet was hitting my face so he would count down for me to open my eyes. After he took the picture, a huge gust of wind came and literally knocked me over!

We probably weren't outside of the car for more than 5 minutes but it felt like such a long time to be in the cold!! By the time we got in the car to head back down the mountain the storm was completely gone and it was sunny again. Mother Nature (MONA) is just nuts. Look at how quickly she changes her mind :)

After leaving the mountains, Tim drove us through Idaho City and Golden to see what the towns there look like. He told us all about the Gold Rush and drove us through an incredible canyon. Our day off was just amazing and a perfect start to all of our adventures in Denver.
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