Well, we picked up Michelle and Logan at DIA in Aurora on Tuesday, July 24th, and brought them home with us, via a few stops and the Big Thompson Canyon. But that’s another story. Their visit prompted us to be their "English-speaking guides” and show them the sights up here in Estes. The details of their visit and the different places we visited will be covered by Judy when she posts the “family update” shortly. In the meantime, here are some of the pics we shot while out and about the past week. I hope you enjoy them as much as we enjoy sharing the bounties of nature this area has to offer.
Hike around Bear Lake and up to Alberta Falls.
You have a question?
Hurry, It's almost dark! That's when they come to life!
It's a short trail, but the destination is not the only reward! The journey took us past some beautiful scenes.
Sorry folks; I left my wide angle back at the car.
Over the Great Divide
Thursday was determined as the day we were to cross the Great Divide. Actually, we went in search of the stately moose. We had heard rumors we could lay our eyes on some on the Western slope.
|As we drove slowly along, we were greeted with the sight of a herd of elk, grazing in the meadow.|
After seeing the elk, we were even more determined to find a moose!
And we did...
Can't forget the flowers!
Allenspark is a small community about 15 miles down Hwy. 7 from Estes. Some may call it a ghost town. But it does have a gift shop, a coffee shop and a gourmet restaurant (appointment only and pricey.) The best thing about it, though, is the artesian spring it has there. Almost as good a Fiji water.
|St. Malo Catholic Retreat Center|
|Allenspark is strewn with both occupied |
and abandoned cabins like this!
|Did I mention this water taste really good?|
The Alluvial Fan
The Fan area is on the Fall River side of RMNP and one of our favorite places to go. Unfortunately, it is one of the areas the National Park Service has chosen to "super-civilize".
|Natural paths through the forest are being replaced by paved pathways|
that make it more accessible for tons of tourists...YUK!
|This Yellow-Bellied Marmot was heading uphill to "people watch" when we spotted him!|
The Golden-Mantled Ground Squirrel is often confused with the Least Chipmunk by tourists. The squirrel is much chubbier (larger) and resembles the cartoon chipmunk. The Least Chipmunk is much smaller, has stripes on his face and is very fidgety.
|Golden-Mantled Ground Squirrel|
|The Least Chipmunk|
The Bear Facts
We've been here for over two months now. During this whole time, we have not had the opportunity to photograph a single bear. This week, at last, we got the report that there was a bear treed in Estes Park next to the Big Thompson River. He is a 400-lb. boar that is suspected of getting into the trash bins of a local RV park.
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until next time...~dick~