Wow the remarkable rockies
Trip Start Nov 01, 2012
26Trip End Jan 09, 2013
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it was dark by the time we walked down the cute street of Estes , there were a few xmas lights and decorations and the chill in the air with snow capped mountains in the distance made it seem very seasonal..the shops were lit up and some were even open it was just so quaint and interesting.. some buildings were built in the old style and some were modern, the italian where we ate was the old wooden style with steps up to a porch area and typically American. a very nice meal with a very cold 32`F walk back to the motel...
After breakfast we set off for the spectacular mountains.. a half hour drive got us to the peak 10,000ft where the road was now closed for the winter due to snow fall..but the views were super though the wind chill factor at this height was biting..
So back in the car for another half hour drive back down to Bear lake..at 9500ft above sea level.. we chose our walk and set off.. it was one of the most amazing walks we have been on.. the path first slowly rose through alpine woodland and the track was intermittently dusted with snow some parts of the path that were in the sun had melted then refrozen and were very slippery..soon we arrived at the frozen lake nymph.. it was incredible the whole lake one sheet of white ice...
Robin decided to see how thick it was and was able to stamp on the edge without causing a crack..the sun shone and reflected on the shining ice and the sky was so blue the pine trees contrasted perfectly..
The track rose steeply now and soon opened out to amazing views back down onto the lake and up into the high peaks of the rockies..we continued climbing up with more snow all around and between the trees and more slippery paths..until we reached dream lake..
Here the boys wanted to do the 6 mile hike around the whole area,but we had already walked about 2 miles and the start of the path was so snowy and it was cold and and and ... so eventually we just walked another 2 mile return trip to emerald lake.. which continued to be a very interesting, steep and picturesque walk.. emerald lake was bitter though the wind chill was amazing we only stayed a few minutes and hurried back to sun drenched rocks back along the path for a snack..
the walk back was much easier down hill..!!.. as we enjoyed again the amazing views across valleys and mountains covered in pine trees with a beautiful blue sky backdrop...what a super day we all said how much we enjoyed it..