Thursday, September 13, 2012

Trip to Colorado

We recently spent a few days in Estes Park, Colorado. We have been there several times; we love it so much we even dream of perhaps living there someday. Take a look, maybe you, too, will enjoy the beauty and charm of this small city in the mountains.

 On the road between Loveland and Estes Park, this is Big Thompson Canyon.

 The view from our balcony at The Woodlands on Fall River

 Another view from the balcony of our suite

 Home away from home, The Woodlands on Fall River. We love this place - we've stayed there three times so far.

 This is Fall River. It runs right in front of our home away from home.

 Hiking in Hidden Valley - we were on our way to Trail Ridge Road, the Alpine Visitor Center, and then Grand Lake.

 A view from Trail Ridge Road

 Boulder fields in the sub-alpine tundra

 Above the tree line

 This is Grand Lake, the largest natural lake in Colorado. Grand Lake is the name of the town as well as the lake. You get there by driving across Trail Ridge Road from Estes Park.

This photo was taken the day before Labor Day - I fondly call it "Summer's Last Hurrah."

 There are so many dogs in Grand Lake, as well as in Estes. This lucky Golden Retriever seems to be enjoying the boat ride.

 Another day, 9 miles of hiking, and another few lakes! This is beautiful Nymph Lake.

 We walked from the Bear Lake Trailhead to Nymph Lake, Dream Lake, Emerald Lake, and Lake Haiyaha; then, later we headed toward Alberta Falls. However, due to rain, we turned back.

 This is Dream Lake.

 I don't remember which lake this is! But it is a lovely view.

 Along the trail, beauty abounds.

 A boulder field on the way to Lake Haiyaha

 Lake Haiyaha

The Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, the place where a bear jimmied open the door one night, and went in and out 7 times in 15 minutes, eating candy and cookies. See the news story and video from the store here.

Since this is my contribution to Fertilizer Friday, I'd like to add a couple of photos of beautiful flowers I saw in charming downtown Estes Park.

To visit my post about the elk in Estes Park (I promise GREAT photos are there), click here.


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