- Grand Lake and
Rocky Mountain National Park
- July 21-24, 2011
- Grand Lake, Colorado
- Thanks to the genorosity the Majcen family, we were again
lucky enough to spend a weekend in Grand Lake at their beautiful
house. The weather this year was spectacular and we had a great
time hiking, boating and relaxing in the mountains.
- On Friday we enjoyed a 7.4 mile roundtrip hike in Rocky Mountain
National Park on the Lulu
City trail. The trail follows the Colorado River up the Kawuneeche
Valley through lodgepole pine and spruce forests and ends on
a river bed near the townsite of an old mining settlement built
in 1879 before being abandoned by 1884.
- The highlight of the hike was spotting a
moose and her calf just on the other side of the river bank
from where we stopped for lunch.
- We also saw mountain goats and a marmot for good measure.
- Columbine - state flower of Colorado
- Joe Shipler's 1879 cabin...
Later we enjoyed an afternoon on the water of Shadow Mountain
Reservoir. The kids tubed and then we stopped for a while at
our favorite little island that is also nesting site for Osprey. On the way back we spotted a Bull
Moose grazing by the lake shore.
Saturday morning began with another Moose sighting -- this
time right across the street from the Majcen's house. Afterwards
we headed back to the water for some knee boarding and more tubing
on Shadow Mountain Reservoir. Then we went across the channel
to Grand Lake and stopped for lunch at the Miyauchi Snack Shop
before heading back to the island for some afternoon relaxation.
The boys capped the day off with some fishing.
On Sunday it was time to head back down to home, but not before
taking in the breathtaking views of Rocky Mountain National park
from Trail Ridge Road. This year with all the late season snow
and moisture, the park was more spectacular then ever.