This is the continuation of a trip my dad and I took at the end of May. The previous day we had taken a break, and hung out with family, visiting the various sights around Lakewood, CO. Day 5 my dad and I got back on the road, heading north towards Estes Park. Our plan was to work our way west, through Colorado and Utah. Then south, back into Arizona.
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The ride between Boulder and Estes Park, on U.S. Route 36, had been extremely beautiful. Soft rolling green hills, and every once in while we'd pass packs of bicyclists heading the other direction. There had been a race planned that morning and bicyclists were everywhere. Eventually the road turned up into the hills and we gained some elevation before rounding a curve and spotting the Estes Park town sign.
Lake Estes. Since I don't have any video to show you, I'll just borrow from Google Street View to give you an idea of what it's like approaching the lake. The water was extremely blue as we drove by.
Rocky Mountain National Park and headed in. My dad used his senior national forest pass(no comment), so he got in for free. It only cost me 10 bucks, which somehow I got him to pay. Those classes on Jedi mind tricks are really paying off. Here we are getting ready to tackle some serious elevation so we decided to pull over and add some layers.
skinny shirt on I was quite warm. The weather was so nice we even saw bicyclist riding up the mountain.
The Craig Campground just east of the city of Craig, CO. Of the three places we camped out I think I liked this place the best.
Dinty Moore stew over a small burner. We bought some french bread and a couple of beers.