After coffee, (Terry doesn’t function without it) we went for a hike to some
waterfalls with Danielle, Bruce and their boys. You could feel the change in
It was an impressive amount of water coming down the mountain! After the hike
Terry and I went for a drive into the park. I have to admit, I was surprised and impressed.
Books and articles I’ve read about Rocky Mountain NP have centered on the alpine
meadows and elk. I was not expecting to see an abundance of moose also, and the
headwaters of the Colorado River are the centerpiece of a beautiful ecosystem.
Did you see the cow moose in the background? Believe it or not, that is the Colorado River
running between them.
We proceeded up to the top of the pass. It was very cold, windy and still covered
in snow off of the road. It’s hard to believe we were over 100 degrees a couple
On our way back down we stopped to photograph some Clark’s nutcrackers.
When we came back down to the river we were stopped, photographing some elk,
When I noticed some crows diving at something.
What is that?!
It was a pine marten! The first one I’ve seen in the wild! This is the only decent
picture I got of him. He wouldn’t hold still! He had more energy than my twin grand
kids together after three bowls of Fruity Pebbles!
Earlier we were told of a cow moose with a calf near this trailhead along the river, so
we decided to go see if we could find her. We parked the Jeep and crossed a bridge
to follow the trail up river.
We saw sign and some beautiful countryside, but no moose! That is until we returned
to the Jeep. She was right across the river!
Her calf stumbled into view shortly after we saw her.
After a long awesome photo session with nothing but a tiny beginning of a river between
us and a potentially dangerous mother with child we headed back to the cabin. On the
outskirts of town we found a bull moose chowing down on some willows right behind some
other peoples tents.
The next morning we decided to drive up into the park one more time before we headed
North for Wyoming.
Rocky Mountain National Park was one of the unexpected highlights of the trip and
we had a great time visiting with and making new friends.