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July 11, 2009:  Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

We’ve had a particularly wet summer here in Colorado, which has resulted in some spectacularly green scenery!

I headed up to Rocky Mountain National Park with a couple of friends this weekend to enjoy some of the beauty.

After a quick stop in Estes Park to see the Stanley Hotel (Stephen King’s “The Shining”), we headed to higher elevations, where we saw plenty of elk, a mother moose with her calf, and some of the most breathtaking alpine landscape you can imagine!

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Arriving at the Stanley Hotel.

The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park.

The hotel overlooks the city and the park.

An original Stanley Steamer.

The back of the hotel.

Brandon poses in front of the hotel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

On the Trail Ridge Road.

The view from Many Parks
Curve.

Brandon enjoys the nice weather.

The view north.

Approaching Rainbow Curve.

The views kept getting more spectacular!

 

 

 

 

 

 

On the Trail Ridge Road.

Looking out towards Mt. Ida from Forest Canyon.

Brandon at the Forest Canyon Overlook.

Forest Canyon Overlook.

Forest Canyon Overlook.

Some real Alpine beauty!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Forest Canyon Overlook.

Forest Canyon Overlook.

Forest Canyon Overlook.

Elk herd near Rock Cut.

Elk herd near Rock Cut.

These guys have the right-of-way!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elk herd near Rock Cut.

Elk herd near Rock Cut.

Elk herd near Rock Cut.

Near Iceberg Pass and the Lava Cliffs.

Near Iceberg Pass and the Lava Cliffs.

Near Iceberg Pass and the Lava Cliffs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brandon gets out to admire the scenery.

Gore Range near the Alpine Visitors Center.

Gore Range near the Alpine Visitors Center.

Gore Range near the Alpine Visitors Center.

The view from our lunch table!

The view from our lunch table!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gore Range near the Alpine Visitors Center.

Gore Range near the Alpine Visitors Center.

Gore Range near the Alpine Visitors Center.

Gore Range near the Alpine Visitors Center.

Gore Range near the Alpine Visitors Center.

The trail at the Visitors Center.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At the top of the trail.

Doing anything at 12,000 ft. wears you out.

Elk herd at Medicine Bow Curve.

Moose with calf at the Grand Lake entrance.

Cute calf!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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