Winter Wonderland

We left Cheyenne and thereby Wyoming at 9 AM so we could get to the Rocky Mountains National Park (RMNP) early enough to see the sights properly. After 1,5 hours we arrived at Estes Park, Colorado where the Eastern entrance of the RMNP is located. Just before the entrance we passed a herd of elks.

We went adventurous and took a quick turn to the left and found Sprague Lake. Here we went for a hike around the lake trail and saw many fishermen and a couple of squirrels. A very peaceful part of RMNP. Less peaceful was it when an elderly man slipped and went into the lake. Fortunately he was able to climb out of the water and hand over his electronics to his wife (who was pretty mad, that the phone was now wet).

Then we headed to Bear Lake to hike around the lake trail up there. It was way more difficult to hike around as the trail was partially covered in snow and mud. It was a whole different experience as the Bear Lake was frozen and the mountain scenery a different one than we could see from Sprague Lake.

We ate a snacky lunch at Moraine Park, which was kind of the lowest point of the part of RMNP we went. Afterwards we headed for Trail Ridge Road. Unfortunately it was closed the most of the way, but we made it to Many Parks Curve, where the view was pretty amazing.

Afterwards we decided to go to Boulder to plan the rest of the day. We found a Starbucks, bought some drinks and borrowed their WiFi. The new destination was now set to Glenwood Suites in Glenwood Springs.

In order to reach I-70 to go West we had to move closer to Denver, which we had a brief sight of before heading into the mountains again. The road through the mountains was quite difficult to drive as you had to swerve between slow trucks and big horn sheep (we almost hit a herd standing in the roadside) up and down the steep percentages.

After an hour on I-70 we began to pass several ski resorts and decided to get some dinner in Vail. It turned out to be quite of a ghost town as the ski resort was out of season. But we managed to find a small pub called La Cantina. They made us some delicious Caesar Wraps, which definitely are worth a try!

Next up was Glenwood Canyon. Although the dusk had come it was one of the most beautiful places we have ever been! If you ever have the opportunity to ride the I-70, you should do it!

Now we try to pick our favorite photos from today’s trip in our hotel room in Glenwood Springs. It is not easy! Tomorrow we will turn back to see Hanging Lake before going further West.

Kasper


Vi forlod Cheyenne og dermed Wyoming klokken 9 i morges så vi kunne komme ud til Rocky Mountains National Park (RMNP) tidligt nok til at kunne se naturen ordentligt. Efter 1,5 times kørsel ankom vi til Estes Park, Colorado, hvor den østlige indgang til RMNP befinder sig. Lige inden vi kom til indgangen passerede vi en flok wapitihjorte (de nordamerikanske kronhjorte).

Vi følte os eventyrlystne og tog et hurtigt sving til venstre så snart vi var inde i parken. Her fandt vi Sprague Lake, som vi gik rundt om. På vandreturen så vi en del fluefiskere og et par egern. Sprague Lake er en meget fredelig del af RMNP. Mindre fredeligt gik det for sig, da en ældre mand gled og faldt i søen. Heldigvis var han selv i stand til at kravle op igen og overlevere sine elektroniske apparater til sin kone (som var rimelig sur over, at apparaterne nu var blevet våde).

Bagefter tog vi til Bear Lake, hvor vi også vandrede rundt om søen. Det var mere vanskeligt da stien var delvist dækket af høj tøsne og mudder. Det var en helt anden oplevelse, da Bear Lake var frosset til og bjerglandskabet et andet end det ved Sprague Lake.

Vi spiste en lille frokost ved Moraine Park, som nok var det laveste punkt i den del af RMNP vi besøgte. Derefter tog vi mod Trail Ridge Road. Desværre var den lukket det meste af vejen, men vi nåede op til Many Parks Curve, hvor udsigten var rimelig fantastisk.

Efter den flotte oplevelse i RMNP besluttede vi os for at tage til Boulder for at planlægge resten af dagen. Vi fandt en Starbucks, købte noget at drikke og lånte deres WiFi. Den nye destination hed nu Glenwood Suites i Glenwood Springs.

For at ramme I-70 (vejen mod vest) måtte vi køre lidt tættere på Denver, som vi lige fik et lille glimt af inden vi kørte ind i bjergene igen. Vejen gennem bjergene var rimelig anstrengende at køre på, da vi hele tiden måtte zigzagge ind og ud mellem langsomme lastbiler og tykhornsfår, mens de stejle procenter gik skiftevis op og ned. Vi var lige ved at ramme en fåreflok i vejkanten på et tidspunkt.

Efter en time på I-70 begyndte vi at passere adskillege skisportssteder og besluttede og herefter at finde lidt aftensmad i Vail. Det viste sig at være lidt af en spøgelsesby, da skisæsonen er slut. Heldigvis fandt vi en lille pub kaldet La Cantina, hvor vi fik et par lækre Caesar Wraps. Den lille pub er helt sikkert et besøg værd, hvis man kommer forbi Vail.

Herefter kom vi til Glenwood Canyon. Selvom mørket var faldet på, var det alligevel et af de flotteste steder vi nogennsinde har set! Hvis I nogensinde får mulighed for at køre på I-70, så skal I gøre det!

Nu prøver vi at vælge de bedste billeder ud fra dagens oplevelser fra vores hotelværelse i Glenwood Springs. Det er slet ikke nemt! I morgen tager vi et smut tilbage til Hanging Lake før vi drager videre vestpå.

Kasper

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