Here are a few more highlights of our trip. I will stop boring everyone with all the details and move forward, don’t worry.
The final things I wanted to tell you about was our 4th of July and Rocky Mountain National Park. So here are the details.
I heard that all of you in our vicinity were hoping to see fireworks because of all the rain that day. We were in GREAT weather for the day. It was sunny and 80 when we went to Breckenridge to see the parade and we were actually hot in the sun.
Here we are waiting for the parade. There was huge turnout and just seeing the crowd in all red, white and blue’s was beautiful. The parade itself was “okay”. I have seen so much better, but we still enjoyed it and the kids got some candy that they threw. One thing that was definitely different was the float that was covered in snow and as they drove by they threw snowballs at everyone. One landed right on Evely and scared her.
After the parade the Fire Department got out their hoses and had water wars with the kids.
Here’s Julian helping hold the hose.
He was a little bit wet.
That night we drove to a place on the lake in Frisco to watch fireworks. We wore our WINTER coats it was sooo cold. That was quite a change for the 4th. We saw some beautiful fireworks but they were pretty far away.
Rocky Mountain National Park
This was definitely a favorite day of mine too! The road up to Estes Park area was phenomenal. You never got bored at looking out the car window. After we arrived there, we visited the park ranger station and it was raining at a pretty good clip. We found out where some covered picnic tables were and headed there to have lunch – it was COLD!
The rain cleared off and we drove around to several sites and then to Bear Lake. This was a phenomenal little hike around a gorgeous lake. We went on a Ranger led tour which was pretty interesting.
A family pic at Bear Lake
That evening we all met up at a campground area to grill dogs and brats and eat dinner. There is just something about a hotdog over a campfire! The evening was the perfect temperature and we enjoyed looking at the stream, feeding all the scampering chipmunks and climbing rocks.
Here’s Julian with a chipmunk taking a sunflower seed out of his hand.
After cleaning everything up, we headed up Fall Creek Road, a road bound to exhilerate the brave and make the squeemish squirm!
Thankfully it is a one way dirt road up to the top of the mountain. We didn’t have to pass people. I don’t think I would have made it up if we had. Many areas there are no trees along the side and you just look over a drop off. Mom and I were having a hard time half way up and we counted the mile markers and prayed they would pass quickly.
When we finally arrived at the top we sat for quite awhile on the road because the elk were in the way.
There were several with their babies. I would have enjoyed looking at them more if I hadn’t been sitting in a car on that road at the top of the mountain. The weather had turned very windy, cold and rainy and it was getting dark. There is a ranger station at the top of the mountain which was closed by the time we arrived, however we got there just in time to catch a magnificent sunset!
On the way back down the mountain, we stopped to look at the Continental Divide. I have heard of this before but didn’t know what it was. It is the dividing point where the water flows either to the Atlantic Ocean or the Pacific Ocean.
This concludes the last chapter of our Colorado trip. Thanks for bearing with me as I relayed these wonderful memories!