Friday afternoon I picked up Patricia(she doesn't drive) and we ran to Walmart to grab a couple of things and then came home and made lunch for ourselves and Scott who came home shortly thereafter. I put Nora down for a nap and then Scott and I were off to Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park. I arranged for a neighbor to pick up the three oldest kids after school and bring them home.
As we drove into Estes Park and then also into Rocky Mountain National Park, we saw lots of Elk just sitting around in herds. One male and a whole lot of female elk :). They made noises like the Caribou in the animated Polar Express movie.
I don't remember what this little lake was called. Maybe the "lake of shining waters" :). Can anyone name that book? Okay, I'll tell you. It's from Anne of Green Gables.
Pictures don't even come close to accurately portraying Emerald Lake's grandness and beauty.
This is Dream Lake. It was long and narrow and we saw quite a few fish.
We stopped here to take a picture of the view on our way up to Lake Haiyaha.
Lake Haiyaha, and once again, this picture does not do the lake justice. I need to work on my photography skills...maybe I should have done a panoramic view? But just think, gorgeous still waters in a perfect oval shape, surrounded by ginormous boulders with unique trees growing in between and all around. This spot, right there on that big boulder where Scott is standing, is the perfect place to give your loved one a kiss :)...but just a quick one if there's an audience; but we didn't have an audience :).
This tree was so cool. It was all twisted at it's wide trunk and then it branched out in several directions.
There were a couple of narrow bridges to cross to get there, which had a think layer of snow atop.
After our hike we checked into our room, changed clothes and went out to dinner at Mama Rose's.
We brought breakfast along with us: homemade granola, plain greek yogurt and Naked juice. Our kinda breakfast.
We packed up and headed out to the Sombrero Stables by 820am...we had to be there by 830 for our horseback ride on am ountain trail in Estes Park.