Jessica Arrives – Her First Look at Rocky Mountain NP

Estes Park, CO

On Friday we drove to the Denver Airport to pick up our daughter, Jessica.  She teaches fifth grade back in York, PA and Wednesday was the last day of school for the year.  Someone decided she deserved a trip to Colorado as a reward, so here she is, eighty pounds lighter than she was a couple of years ago!

Saturday we decided to drive through the national park and take a couple short hikes.  This would give Jessica a chance to adjust a bit from going from an elevation of under a thousand feet back home to elevations of over twelve thousand feet in the park.

After stopping at a couple overlooks to check out the views, we pulled into the parking area for the Tundra Communities Trail.

This is a short trail, only a half mile long, but it is at a high altitude on the Alpine Tundra, where the wind blows very strong all the time and the temperature dropped into the high thirties.

This guy kept an eye on us as we passed him

We bundled up and headed up the snow covered trail.

About half way up the trail there are some interesting rock formations (did you think we forgot about rock pictures?).   Can you tell that we are shivering in the picture below?  It was very cold up there and the wind was very strong!

Jessica checks out the view

What is a blog without a picture of feet?

At the end of the trail, we came upon a group of skiers preparing to go down the snow bank.  They strapped on their cross country skis and headed down the hill and out of sight.  We don’t think there is a road on the other side of the hill, so who knows where they went.

Beautiful views are all around you along the road

We drove down the other side of the mountain until we came to a parking area where the Continental Divide crosses the road.

Two young tourists at the Continental Divide

As we returned back toward Estes Park, we passed numerous groups of Elk.  Bucks, with their large antlers, are always fun to see as they are very stately animals.

After a day for altitude acclimation for Jessica, tomorrow we head out for a bit more hiking.  More on that later . . .

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10 Responses to Jessica Arrives – Her First Look at Rocky Mountain NP

  1. Hans says:

    It looks great up there! Getting hot in Durango (90 degrees) so we are heading high up for hiking to keep cool! Have fun.

  2. Sue says:

    Brrrrrrr….

    Sue

  3. Allison says:

    Looks cold……

  4. Janna says:

    How fun to have Jessica come visit. Glad you posted, I was wondering what happened to you guys!

  5. RJRVtravels says:

    Looks like everyone is having a wonderful time!

  6. Erin says:

    Happy reunion! We’re re-visiting plans for next year and may head up to Colorado from Texas … love hearing about the cooler temps this time of year.

  7. Lisa says:

    Over here on the Western Slope the 12,000 ft peaks seem to have a lot less snow. We may find out for sure tomorrow as we will probably hike at that elevation too!

  8. Cool header photo…hehe

    Jessica looks great. What a difference the weight makes.

    That place is too cold for my blood. The view is awesome, but the snow…not so much.

    Enjoy your adventures with your daughter.

  9. What a great post…the snow even looks inviting….it’s really hot here in Moab! Jessica looks great and and I know Mom and Dad are proud of here and glad she is there! Enjoy!

  10. LuAnn says:

    We love Rocky Mtn NP. Your photos are lovely as always. Enjoy the time with your daughter.

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