|This is just a sampling of the very narrow dirt roads that we had to drive up to the top of the mountain.|
We all really enjoyed the Rockies! The climbing could go on forever, but there was so much to see!
The water was sparkling, the weather was perfect and we really enjoyed the landscape variations.
At the top, the kids continued look out to the mountains, to see what else may be hiding out there. According to Leah's handy journal entries, she noted 30+ animals, including, Moose, Elk, Mule Deer, Squirrels, Marmot, Ground Hogs, Beavers, etc...
It really was an amazing day, full of stunning sights, which we finished off with a visit to Grand Lake. Since it was dinner time, but we were not ready to finish our sightseeing, we found a highly recommended sandwich shop: Cy's Deli. Ordered some of their specialties and headed back out exploring.
While the views and the lake were stunning, we decided to start our journey back to Estes Park.
Here are some additional highlights from our drive back home. We did make one stop to hike back to the beginning of the Colorado River. Since we went rafting in it, we figured we should see where it started.
We also saw a couple of additional animals in the park, on our way out...
Finally, the road didn't become any less forgiving on the way out of the park. Here is a picture of one of the passes at the top, that we had to drive through.