On to Colorado and Rocky Mountain National Park
Apr 20, 2012
Sep 01, 2012
Because we knew we had a 6 hour drive in front of us today we set the alarm and had breakfasted and were on the road by 7:45am. Today we were on the drive across the bottom of Wyoming before we dropped down into Colorado and the Arapaho National Forest and our campground at Green Ridge. The drive was fairly uneventful and was punctuated by a picnic lunch and a brief glimpse of a fox as it ran across the road in front of us. We stopped at Starbucks for emails and to double check some reservations for the coming two weeks. We then parked outside of McDonalds and had a brief Skype conversation with Marc and Jan in Kowhitirangi before heading back up the road to Green Ridge. All day we had been driving in and out of dark and threatening rain clouds and the final 30 minute push to camp was no different. We arrived to a campground poised on the edge of a man-made lake and only 5 miles from the western border of Rocky Mountain National Park. All of the trees had (for some unknown reason) been cut down and our tent site and picnic table were out in the middle of a rocky meadow. All good though, we sat in the car for 20 minutes to let a rain shower pass and then we pitched the tent and the sun came out. The kids took advantage of the fine weather for a brief swim in the lake and a good 'ol splash around. There are some fine pictures by the lake, take note of Eli doing his Haka face Then, we had dinner as the skies darkened again. Not 5 minutes after settling in the tent, the skies grew very dark and ominous, thunder crashed and lightning cracked. It was all hands to the deck as we threw the second tarp over the tent just as the first spits of rain fell from the sky. Now we are sitting inside our warm and dry tent listening to a light rainfall on the fly and writing in journals and on blogs. We hope to remain dry and snug and tomorrow we are off into the park for a good nose around.