Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Rocky Mountain National Park, CO

Well my dad and I arrived in Colorado late yesterday afternoon and we both had to get out to Rocky Mountain National Park. A place I've like lusted for for as long as I can remember. Today was the first of many, many trips to the nearby Rock Mountain National Park which is only about 15 minutes away from where I'll be living! I can't wait to return often and backpack. RMNP might be a winner for the most beautiful, incredible place in the world. Our hopes were to drive down the Trail Ridge Road throughout the park's ginormous mountain range of 12, 13 and 14,000ft peaks,  and get to Estes Park. BUT it was closed because of tons of snow and ice...in October! We got out and walked around a little bit, breathing in the fresh cold mountain air. It was the perfect father and son experience that I will cherish and treasure for years to come. Once I get settled-in, I'll be back here very often to explore. It's my big beautiful backyard now.

We returned the next day after moving me into community housing at YMCA of The Rockies Snow Mountain Ranch to do a little bit of hiking to Adams Falls, that plunges down some 55ft into a deep rocky gorge. Continuing on the East Inlet Trail, we rose close to 8,500ft in elevation, with explosive views of nearby Shadow Mountain, Grand Lake and the distant Grand (county) Valley. We went and trekked beyond the falls, following the feeder stream back into the woods where I felt 100% tranquility. I could sit there all day, reflecting under the towering lodgepole pines.

There's just something magical about this place called Colorado.