The Rocky Mountains

Trip Start May 31, 2005
Trip End Sep 24, 2005

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Flag of United States  , Colorado
Sunday, June 19, 2005

Unfortunately we only have a few picci's to put with this entry, as our camera battery ran out of charge (of all the places for that to happen!!), so all the best picci's are waiting to be developed on good ole fashioned APS!

Speaking of picci's, we would just like to say that no picci's we took, could possibly do the Rockies justice - you really have to see them in person to fully appreciate just how wonderfully magnificent they are!

Okay, so we headed to Loveland, which is based at the edge of the Rocky Mountains National Park. It's a beautiful little town, with lots of lovely chalets perched right on the edge of the Big Thompson River, so if anyone ever wants to go and see the Rockies, that's where we'd suggest.

We entered the park at the Falls River entrance for a fee of $20 (we grumbled very loudly about that and then promptly took that back when we realised how priceless the Rockies are). We followed the main trail, had we had longer, we would love to have explored all the little walks and off-roads that are accessible.

There is just so much we could write, but you would be sat here boggle-eyed for hours and anyway, we don't think there would be enough room here, so we shall just outline the highlights for you all:

1. The sheer beauty of the snow capped Rockies, which were melting in the summer sunshine.

2. Sitting in a 4m thick wedge of snow, along the side of the road when it was 90 degrees outside.

3. Having a snowball fight 12,500ft above sea level in the gorgeous sunshine!

4. Filling our water bottles with the melting snow and it tasting nicer than any water we have ever had before (genuine spring water!).

5. Watching the herds of wild Elk wandering around the vast plains.

6. Seeing snow field upon snow field whilst driving actually ON the Rocky Mountains.

7. All the other wildlife we saw - Piku's (cross between a big rat and chipmunk); eagles; falcons; a skunk; a beaver sat on the side of the road barrier, just watching the world go by; lizards; and the bears.............ha ha ha, just kidding!

The above doesn't even begin to capture all that we experienced, we just tried to summarise some of the best bits. Don't worry, I"m sure you'll all get a much more detailed account when we get home (are ya excited?!! lol)

We ended up spending about five hours driving through the National Park, jumping in and out of the car at every opportunity - we had only planned on an hour, so we had to rush on when we realised it was 5pm!!

We ended up a few hours out of the Rockies area in a gorgeous little town called "Rifle". Apparently, it is the only town in the whole of the US with that name (there tend to be many towns with the same name as you travel across the country). We felt like little kids who had spent an entire day at the amusement park, totally exhausted from all the excitement - definitely the highlight of our road trip so far!
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