We woke this morning to rain, rain, and more rain, but, we didn't let it mess up our plan to head out to
Rocky Mountain National Park. Along with Rod and Deb, we drove up to Estes Park. First, we made a stop at the visitor center.
Next on the agenda was lunch. Rod and Deb
recommended this great deli. The sandwiches were delicious, the soup was great, but, the desserts were awesome. Needless to say, we all enjoyed our lunch. Our walk back to the car took us by a shoe store were Mark had his eye on a new pair of Merrell's.
Now, with lunch and shopping behind us, we were ready to head into the park and up the
mountain. Now, we all know that when it is raining down below, there could be snow up top. Well, that statement is true, and by the time we reached the
Alpine Visitor Center at 12,000 feet, it was 34 degrees and snowing...but, Deb and I needed that cancellation stamp!
little guy thought we were crazy.
We did learn that...
Alpine weather bounces between sunlight and storms, strong winds and balmy breezes, violent weather and surprising calm...resilient plants, insects, birds, and mammals.
Okay, okay...we got the stamp, and headed back down the mountain to better conditions. But, we still needed
more stamps. So, our next stop was the Moraine Visitor Center. The weather was much better at this stop.
We also made stops at the Fall River Visitor Center and Beaver Meadows. Our grand total of stamps today...five!
By this time, we had collected ourselves right into mid-afternoon and there was yet another stop we wanted to make. But, as were about to exit the park, we were stopped by this
fellow! Ya'll come back, real soon!
Now, on to our
last stop for the day. We tasted, shopped, and purchased
lots of Cherry Juice, Cider, Jelly, and Pies. A great finish to the day.
Despite the weather, it was a fun day in the Rocky Mountain National Park!