Friday, August 28, 2009

Hiking in Rocky Mtn. National Park

Yesterday was a perfect day for a hike in Rocky Mountain National Park. It was about 80 degrees, sunny, breezy and the animals were out showing their stuff. You can already notice small changes in the scenery - Fall is definitely coming to the mountains. For those of you not familiar with the Rocky Mountains..... the rusty looking trees are diseased... pine beetle. It is taking over and killing a large percentage of specific pine trees (Ponderosa & Lodge poles). Yet, overall, the beauty of the mountains captures my heart...... every single time!!

This is 'cub lake' trail....
a 2.3 mile hike up (4.6 round trip) to 9,ooo feet.
It is within the National Park
(so, if you go, don't forget your park pass!!)

The Elk were playful and hungry.
Can you see his buddies in the back?
They were playing around and came very close to us,
before they turned and took off at high speed.
This particular trail is great for seeing Elk, especially
in the coming months (late Sept./Oct) when they are "bugling"

At the top, you are rewarded with this beautiful view
of Cub Lake (filled with lily pads).
We used to call this "Kermie's Pond"
when our kids were very young.
(Cars in the parking lot were from:
AK, FL, MN, GA, CA, NE, CO....
lots of friendly hikers !)

A closeup of the lilies

We were practically accosted by the chipmunks,
trying to steel our sandwiches,
and the ducks weren't far behind.....
coming right up out of the water for a bite to eat!!

No.... we did NOT feed them!

So, if you get a chance to get out for a hike this weekend, and the weather is good.... I hope that you will take advantage of this beautiful weather before winter sets in

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