September 2006 - Out-of-state friends and I traveled to
Rocky Mountain National Park once day. We mainly did what the casual tourist does. We drove
through the park from the southwest
entrance and hit the visitor center and almost every overlook on Trail Ridge Road.
The mountains in the adjacent photo is the Never Summer Mountain Range. I love that name!
The third photo shows elk who were happily grazing way below. (My best photos of elk were taken in Buena Vista: Elk Herd.
From the Alpine Visitor Center,
we walked on a short trail that leads to a great view of the mountains.
Christine and I were some of the first in our group to make it to the top.
Nick and Laura (left) were visiting from Great Britain
and had a great time. The group photo (right) came out pretty well. And the bottom shot is one token photo of me.
Laura and Nick were very enthusiastic about eating American food,
which they said was a lot "more fun" than British food. Here they were having their first ever chili
dog which they thoroughly enjoyed! :)
Here's a video of Nick at Cottonwood Pass. :)
We then spent hours slowly traveling on Trail Ridge Road,
arguably one of the most scenic roads in all of America. Much of the road is above timberline at approximately 12,000 feet in elevation.
The views were so beautiful.
Special thanks to Kansas Kelly for snapping this photo of Scott, myself,
Paul and Rhonda as we gazed out.
More stunning mountain scenery inside Rocky Mountain National Park.