Yesterday was a slow and easy fishing day. That means I got to see some great water/mountain views and read some books while Stephen fished for trout. There is nothing as relaxing as reading by a stream in Colorado.
We saw more elk and another moose playing in the ponds.
We ate dinner at my favorite pizza place, Poppy’s pizza in Estes Park. This is a gluten free sausage and peppers.
After a cold night with new pillows, we had a big day planned for our last in RMNP. Hiking and Bear Lake exploring.
I’m pretty sure that a post-breakfast dessert of s’mores and cocktails at 8am is something that everyone should experience at least once.
We spent the morning chasing waterfalls. There is a dirt road through RMNP that is closed in June but it’s accessible by walking. The climb is steep and it was hot, but we found the falls! We originally walked through the picnic area looking for a better trail than straight up the road. We ran into a couple with their dog and they gave us some good info. People can walk on the road, pets can not. The falls were worth the hike and they hike it often when they can don’t have their dog.
Off we went, making our own trail to meet up with the road.
And the falls were worth every curse word I muttered on the climb.
After we climbed back down, we drove over towards Bear Lake. We stopped at Sprague Lake which had a hiking trail around it. While that is a beautiful walk and view, watching this elk play in the lake was more exciting.
Then we stumbled upon momma duck and her ducklings.
After the late afternoon views, it was time for ice cream in Estes Park.
And for our last night of camping, we made an early dinner and enjoyed more reading and an early night. Tomorrow, we travel to Crested Butte!