July 5-8, 2016 – Rocky Mountain National Park July 5-8, 2016

Game on!!  First stop on The Big Big Trip.

We left Vail in the late morning on the 5th of July.  We decided to take the scenic route to Rocky Mountain National Park and drove across via routes 131 and 1 along the Colorado River to the junction with Route 40 in Kremlin.  Colorado Route 1 was smooth, hard packed gravel and was a beautiful drive.  We even saw a bear!

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Timber Creek Campground Site 74

Since we were uncertain of campsite availability in Rocky Mountain National Park, we spent the first night just outside the park at a private campground.  This would put us first in line for the “First Come – First Served” sites at Timber Creek Campground.  The next morning our plan paid-off and we were rewarded with the best site in the campground.  In retrospect the private campground might not have been necessary as the Grand Lake side of the park is most definitely less crowded and there were plenty of campsites available until about 8pm each night.

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Exploring off Fall River Road

 

The Big Big Trip seemed like a vacation at this point.  It also seemed like coming home, as we have been to Rocky Mtn NP several times in our 20+ years together, although Owen was only 4-mos old during our last visit.  We had fun with the Junior Ranger program and we enjoyed sharing the sights with Owen.  We even spent an afternoon driving the Old Fall River Road and everyone seemed to have a good time…Alpine meadows with grazing wildlife are always welcome in our life.

Just a word on the Junior Ranger program… DO IT!  With your kids, or find some kids and do it.  The National Park Rangers are very committed to teaching and seem to love working with kids, even talky ones like our little guy–as the parents standing behind him we have benefitted as well.  The activity books have led us to seek out information and dig deeper into the places we are seeing.  For this family, it will form the basis for our science, history and social studies in our road school program.

 

 

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Surveying Possible Fishing Holes on the upper reaches of the Colorado River

 

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Owen enjoying the snow fields at RMNP

 

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Bull Elk enjoying the sunshine above tree line at RMNP

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