Hike of a Life (so far) – Part I

I just had to separate this trip into two posts, because one post alone is just beauty overload!

GOR-GEOUS is the only way to describe it.  We had this trip planned for about two weeks.  My brother (of course), his wife (they left my triplet nieces home with her sister), my oldest son, my niece, and my youngest sons girlfriend went.  It was so great to get a group together!  We just needed to be back home around 3:30pm so that my son could take a nap before his shift at work, and so that my niece could make it  to a wedding rehearsal (she was a bridesmaid).

We woke up to rain in the forecast.  Yes, I always check the weather, but they cry wolf so many times that I had a positive outlook.

I picked the girlfriend up, my brother and his wife met us at my house, and when I got back home I went into the house to get my son.  He was in bed!  I had just seen him about a half hour before when he had come home from the fire station (remember – he’s a fireman).  I’m yelling at him to wake up, that we were all ready to leave!

We headed to pick up my niece who lives in the next town over, which was on the way to our destination – Rocky Mountain National Park.  When we got her, we decided to head over to  Walmart to pick up some inexpensive rain ponchos.  Almost EVERYONE decided to run inside.  My brother went and got the ponchos; the girlfriend got herself a trail snack; the niece who thought that we’d stop somewhere for a sit-down breakfast (was she crazy?) was satisfied with going to the McDonald’s in the store; I took the opportunity to run into the bathroom.

Finally we were on the road again.  The rain started to come down pretty hard at first.  After about an hour we got to Estes Park where we always enter the park.  The image below shows you the weather we had:

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Taken at 9:46am

Cool, huh?  We drove to the Bear Lake Trailhead:

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All the young people were sleepy 🙂 Taken at 10:25am

As always, I was ready for the weather with enough sweatshirts to go around.  The three other girls in our group took some, and I changed from shorts into jeans.  Thankfully it was just a here and there sprinkle for the hike up.

Welcome to the Bear Lake Trailhead!  This was our group.  Notice 1/2 of them were in the ponchos (.99 by the way!):

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We first walked around Bear Lake since we had never done that.  Previous trips were just to look at the lake and then leave.

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Lots and lots of cell phone pictures and selfies!

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rocky mountain national park, images, photography, mountains, carol dunnigan photography-33These next images are from Nymph Lake.  This hike was a chain of lakes.

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Yes, this is part of the trail.

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This is also the trail.

Honestly, the weather was perfect for taking pictures!  No harsh sun like we usually have.  Usually we get to our destination way after sunrise.  More images from this hike to come!

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