Trip Start Jul 02, 2009
5Trip End Aug 10, 2009
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Wade flew in to Denver this afternoon and Connie, Dick, the kids and I drove a 9 hour drive from Durango. We were so excited to see Wade b/c we had been without him for about 2 weeks. We really missed him a lot. We spent the night at Dick's brother home and woke up the next day and went to the Museum of Natural history. That was one of the highlights of our trip. The kids absolutely loved it, which I never thought I would here from their mouths about a museum. We actually didn't even get to see everything that we wanted. Oh well, that will give us an excuse to go back there. We left that afternoon to go to Estes Park.
We stayed at the YMCA of the Rockies which was absolutely wonderful. The accommodations were nothing to rave about, they were very basic accommodations, but the activities that were available for the whole family were fantastic.
We took tram ride to top of Prospect Mountain in Estes. Great view of the town, RMNP and the Continental Divide. On top, Amanda and Ethan (and us) fed chipmunks with peanuts, Amanda thought she was in heaven. Also rode go-carts and bumper boats at Ride-a-Kart and did the big slide and trampoline jumping near the donut shop. On Monday morning the family, plus Wade's mom and Tom and Diane Imig drove Fall River Road to top of trail ridge. It was a 9 mile drive on a dirt road through the mountains. Views were incredible. Saw herd of elk in glacier basin. On way back down trail ridge road, we took a hike out on the tundra communities trail. It was cold and windy but there were great views of the Mummy range and Wind River Range all the way out in Wyoming. Ethan and Wade went to end and climbed a big rock outcropping to get better views.
Wade, Ethan, Amanda and I did some hiking in the Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP). As a family, we hiked from Glacier Gorge TH to Alberta Falls and then back to Bear Lake. It was a great hike with lots of rock climbs along the way. Ate lunch on rocks above the falls. Wade and I also hiked Flattop Mountain and Hallett Peak in a 10.5 mile trip starting from the Bear Lake TH. Wade's mom accompanied us partway up. The hike was so beautiful, in places it almost looked surreal. The altitude got to us a little when we got up to 12, 000 feet, but overall it was a wonderful hike.
Overall, the time spent in Estes park was great. We will go back for more eventually.