Lots of pictures to share today! Which is ironic, because at the end of our recent trip to Colorado, I thought I’d completely failed at taking pictures because I only took the “porch pictures” on my camera, but I borrowed and compiled shots from my mom’s camera, Caleb’s phone, and my phone and ended up with a pretty good photo summary! Our first couple days in CO were very cold, wet, and windy, so we ran errands and took Cody to the library to play and helped my parents go through and set up some of their things, as they are still getting settled in their new house! The pictures begin on day 3, when the sun came out and Caleb and I headed up to Rocky Mountain National Park while my parents graciously cared for and entertained Cody. Without further ado:
While we were gone, Cody got to explore some of C. Spring’s parks and walking paths! Here he got to collect sticks and throw them and rocks in a pond, which is really all a little boy can ask for!
Cody got to help slice strawberries to make homemade popsicles!
Clinking popsicles with Grandpa on the deck
Saw some exciting construction equipment in Grandma & Grandpa’s neighborhood!
And now from the getaway: first time in Rocky Mountain N.P. for me, and it did not disappoint! Beautiful scenery, great hiking, perfect weather…it looks cold because of all the snow, but I shed that jacket pretty quickly once we started hiking!
Here’s Caleb at the same, snow-covered Bear Lake (never saw any bears, to the disappointment of one of us) Elev. 9450′
After a little warm-up hike around the lake, we got the blood pumping with a hike to Alberta Falls
Then we embarked on our longer hike out to Emerald Lake. All together we hiked about 6.5 miles the first day, all on top of about 3′ of snowpack, which was an added challenge I could’ve done without, but certainly made for a unique experience!
Snow-covered Emerald Lake, Elevation 10,110′.
Hallett Peak, I believe? Over 12,000′. Beautiful!
Hallett Peak on one side, Flattop Mountain on the other, both a bit over 12000′. What was really neat was we witnessed a little avalanche while we were resting here! You can kind of see the trails of fallen snow down the basin in this picture? We heard a loud noise and were looking around for a jet airliner, when we saw snow tumbling down onto the lake! Pretty cool!
We took it easy the rest of the day, then had this fantastic breakfast at the nice lodge/B&B where we stayed!
We inadvertently drove past the famed Stanley Hotel on our way to get sunscreen from Safeway, ha, so of course I wanted to take a couple pictures and pop in. You may recognize it as the “Overlook” from “The Shining”.
We didn’t have much time for hiking the second day, so we stuck to a lower elevation–no snow!–and a nice easy little hike along this lovely mountain stream. We decided we’d definitely like to come back and explore more in the future!
Tough to see, but there were elk on the hillside here!
Grabbed a couple pictures before we headed home! Our furry companion did not want to cooperate for the picture, but at least the 2 year old was cheerful and cooperative!
Thanks for a great visit!
Mother’s Day morning: Caleb and Cody assembling the box spring for his new big boy bed!
Mother’s Day photo shoot–much better than last year!
As we were wrapping up, Cody, unprompted, said, “I love you! And now I need to play basketball.” ha ha ha!