Last day

(Interesting skies.)

It’s our last day in Estes Park.  We’ll take one more short hike tomorrow morning before we head back to Boulder to spend the night with M the Younger and Mere.  Early Tuesday morning we head home.

The past two days have been full and have included some long hikes with lots of elevation changes.  Believe it or not, I actually find going up easier than coming down but that’s due to having acquired my own injury on this trip, one that involves my hip and leg.  I’ve kept moving up until today.  Other than two short hikes (with a total mileage of about 2 miles or so), I’ve been resting.  We started with an early morning hike with the newlyweds, who left us shortly after the hike to return to their home.  M and I set up picnic camp at Endovalley picnic grounds in the Rocky Mountain National Park and hung out there for a while, having lunch and then taking a short hike to try to find a waterfall that M had read about.  We didn’t find the one we set out to find but did find another.

(On the Gem Lake Trail.  From this morning.)

I’ll be kind of sad to leave this area.  It’s incredibly beautiful and I have no problem visualizing myself living here for the rest of my life.  I’d certainly end up in great shape if we lived here.

The weather has been wonderful.  Today was the first day we had any rain or storms.  I took the above “Interesting Skies” photo a couple hours ago.  We sat in the Moraine Park area of RMNP and watched as the storms rolled in.  We saw a few bolts of lightning and heard plenty of thunder rumbling behind the mountains.

As soon as I finish messing about here on the computer we’re going out for drinks and dinner.  Then I guess we’ll come back and start packing.  If I have time, I’ll come back and update with a few more photos.


14 Comments on “Last day”

  1. anhinga says:

    I once did a 17 mile walk for some charity in a very hilly city. About half way through it became much more painful to go downhill than up for me too.

    Thought your camera was DOA. You must have had a backup. Beautiful shots.

    • Robin says:

      Thanks, Anhinga. 🙂

      No backup (can’t afford it) and not DOA. It has a blob (a piece of dust) in the sensor that shows up in the top middle portion of some of the photos. The blob blends in well under some circumstances. I can see it through the viewfinder which has forced me to be creative in the way I shoot a picture. Sometimes I can position The Blob so it blends in. Sometimes I let The Blob have its way with plans to crop or otherwise fix it when I get home.

  2. Beautiful pictures every day Robin! I’ve really enjoyed what you’ve shared from your vacation.

  3. kel says:

    see, behind every cloud, the sun is still shining

    lovely travelogue reports Robin

  4. krebiz says:

    I love the interesting skies. Sooo pretty! Maybe it’s because I didn’t have a chance to get jaded on my visits (who could ever be jaded by such big mountains!) but when I witnessed a big, thundery storm, I thought even that was beautiful, because I could see it starting really far away as an odd shadow in part of the mountains, then observed it move in. I loved it.

    • Robin says:

      I loved it too, Krebiz. We watched as the clouds came over the mountains, building into a good sized storm. What was really cool was watching the rain coming down in the bowl created between a couple of mountains, the shower of water looking almost bowl-shaped as it seemed confined to that one area.

      Very cool. 😀

  5. bookbabie says:

    Great pics, I’m looking forward to our trip out west next month! I probably won’t be posting while I’m gone though:(

    • Robin says:

      Bookbabie: Thanks. 🙂

      I’m not sure I recommend posting while on vacation. It can be time consuming. The only reason I try to do it (and usually without photos) is so I can keep track of what we did and have some reference when I get home and start going through all the pictures I took. I normally keep a handwritten travel journal (and still keep notes that way) so I was already in the long-time habit of recording something about our trips.

  6. Corina says:

    I love your take on things and the photos. You take me places I will never go myself. And yes, going downhill is always much worse than going up the hill. That’s the danger…going so far up that you won’t be able to get back down without great pain. (Or at least that’s the way it is with me.)

    • Robin says:

      Corina: Sometimes the danger for me is going so far up that I’ll panic and won’t be able to make it back down because I’m frozen in my panic. I’m afraid of heights and steep climbs. The going up never bothers me. It’s the thought of looking and going back down. I had a bad fall down a long flight of metal stairs several years ago and have been weird about heights, stairs, and steep climbs ever since. I try to push myself to do what seem like frightening hikes to me in hopes I’ll get over it. Even so, there are times I resign myself to the fact that there are some sights I’ll never see.

  7. Anna Surface says:

    Gorgeous shots and I really like the top photo. Wow! Colorado is beautiful, indeed, and I haven’t been there in a long time. I used to spend summer vacations all over Colorado. Gorgeous, gorgeous there. A wonderful series you’ve shared here, Robin. I’ve enjoyed them.


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