Rocky Mountain National Park

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The family took a weekend out of our busy lives and went to the park.

Just after exiting I-70 and headed for Grand Lake we spotted some big horn sheep. The sun was setting and they were on the shady side of the mountain. They just wouldn't give me a face shot. Must have been dinner time.

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A little further up the road I spotted some running water and decided to get the tripod out for a few shots.

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We stayed at our friends cabin who had invited us to come for the weekend. Before heading out the next day I noticed a lot of humming birds in the area. I caught this guy with a 50mm. Not the best shot, but its my first hummer.

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We decided to take a little hike before the heat of the day and we found this meadow.

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After a nice lunch we headed into the park. Where we saw a few moose...

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Plenty of elk....

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The big surprise were the mountain goats, which I have never seen there before. They were at about 11,000 feet.

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As you go up to the top of the highest paved road, you will see scenes likes this. When we reached the top it was snowing. I didn't take any pictures at the top of Trail Ridge because I was wearing shorts and a t-shirt. :rolleyes:

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Back at the cabin we had a nice dinner and spent time with our good friends until bed time. The next day meant it was time to head for home. Before we left the kids wanted to do a few more things.

Like fishing....

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and going to a guest ranch to feed and pet the horses.

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We had a great time and I hope you enjoyed the short story.:smile:
 
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what a great set of images. This had to be a most enjoyable trip for all of you.
A hummer at 50mm! very impressive!
 
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How wonderful
What did the children think of the wildlife, Moose, elk etc...
what a great experience
Beautiful images.
Thanks for sharing
 
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Charles

Lovely part of the woods you wandered into. And a lovely series of pics
to share.

My favorite, though, is the hummer!!

Regards.
 
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Very nice series Charles....makes me want to jump in the car and head up there, right now! I think you did really well on your first Hummer capture.
 
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what a great set of images. This had to be a most enjoyable trip for all of you.
A hummer at 50mm! very impressive!
It was a very good trip. We need to do more of this.

How wonderful
What did the children think of the wildlife, Moose, elk etc...
what a great experience
Beautiful images.
Thanks for sharing
The kids love animals. This was Logans first close encounter with elk. He thought they were some kind of horse and wanted to ride them. LOL

Lovely part of the woods you wandered into. And a lovely series of pics
to share.

My favorite, though, is the hummer!!

Regards.
It is a lovely place. Next time, maybe we will come from the other side and get the rest of the park.

Very nice series Charles....makes me want to jump in the car and head up there, right now! I think you did really well on your first Hummer capture.
You should. There was a lot of elk.:wink:
 
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Charles, I loved your series. Thank you for sharing your weekend with us.
Rocky Mountain National Park is one of my favorite places.

Virginia
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You would think I would be there more often with it being so close. Its really only a day trip for us, yet we only go a couple of times a year.:redface:

That's my kind of trip. Photos are beautiful, and it's nice to see the kids having fun.

I've never been to Rocky Mountain NP. Got to go someday.....

Thanks for the tour.
Everyone needs to drive to the top of Trail Ridge Road, and then try to go for a jog. Just to feel that altitude. :smile:In the fall when the bull elk start to bugle would be my choice, but I don't have to fight the crowds for a camping spot or hotel room.:biggrin:

Great pics of one of my favorite places. Where is the water that your kids are sitting near? Grand Lake?
That is the canal that connects the lakes. Near rainbow bridge. There is a little parking area, and a couple of those little decks to fish from. We have never caught anything large from there, but Amanda did catch her first fish there a few years ago. It's a nice place for the kids to wet a line.:wink:
 
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Great pictures. We were there 3 years ago for a family reunion. My moms family all live in Canyon and Florence. My oldest son (10) cant wait to go back.

Mike
 
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Great pictures. We were there 3 years ago for a family reunion. My moms family all live in Canyon and Florence. My oldest son (10) cant wait to go back.

Mike
Thanks Mike. There is a lot of bettle kill pine trees standing. I hope there isn't a fire like Yellowstone had.
 
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Ride the Elk horse...Thats cute:>)))))
I wish he wouldn't say those things when I am taking a drink.:eek:

Beautiful place. I'm afraid I'd be there every weekend if I lived that close ;)
If I had the time I probably would be there too.

They are all great - I just love the goats! I wonder what they were thinking....
They were thinking that the next odd noise they heard they would all run up into the trees. Someone slammed a car door shortly after I took this shot.:rolleyes:
 

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