Those Crazy People in Rocky Mountain National Park

This is the third and final installment of photos from our Rocky Mountain National Park vacation. This is the one my friends will enjoy the most, and my fellow bloggers could care less about.

Check out my wildlife photos, or take a peak at my scenery shots.

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Feeding the chipmunks in Estes Park
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Brandi, Lil’ W, and Bobby at Bear Lake
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Baby K looks thrilled, doesn’t she?
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Taking a break on our six-mile Ouzel Falls hike
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Baby K having a good time with Daddy at our lunch stop
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The obligatory “thumbs up” photo before a hike
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Enjoying the serene Gem Lake
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My family near Copeland Falls

Rocky Mountain Wildlife

On our trip to Rocky Mountain National Park a few weeks ago, we saw an amazing number of wildlife. The elk were everywhere, and the chipmunks were so cute and tame! I’ve wanted to see a moose for some time now, so when we ran into a group of pedestrians with cameras alongside the road, I was ecstatic to see a moose grazing in a field. We encountered a few mule deer, a snowshoe hare, and squirrels, too.

Check out yesterday’s post: Scenes from Rocky Mountain National Park.

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Scenes from Rocky Mountain National Park

We visited Rocky Mountain National Park a few weeks ago, but I just finished editing photos today. I can’t fit my favorites into one blog post, so I’m splitting it into three. I’ve skied in Colorado many times, but this is the first time in my adult life that I’ve visited in the summer. I was blown away by how pretty it is. This is a place I could never tire of.

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Project 52 Week 29: One of the most beautiful places on Earth

I just got back from a family vacation to Glacier National Park! We flew to Seattle and took an Amtrak train to the park. I’ve traveled a bit and seen many beautiful places, but I think Glacier is the most underrated national park in the US. It’s so unique because of the way the colorful mountains were formed by glaciers, along with all the wildlife and flora. It saddens me to think that the glaciers will be gone by 2020, mostly due to global warming. We got so lucky with temperatures in the 70s, clear skies, and almost no wind. Today it was 105 degrees in Kansas City; I already miss it!

My nephew looks out the train window as we travel through Washington.
A three-mile hike through patches of snow lead us to a spectacular view of Hidden Lake.
This little lamb was just one of many sheep we saw on the Hidden Lake trail. The animals in the park clearly have no fear of humans, as they just grazed near the trail and ignored the hoards of people photographing them.
An early morning view of Swiftcurrent Lake in East Glacier.
There are many beautiful wildflowers throughout Glacier National Park; I thought this was one of the most unusual.
A view from the top of our four-mile hike to see Grinnell Lake. The hike was supposed to be eight miles and take us to Grinnell Glacier, but unfortunately half of it was closed due to hazardous snow and ice. The lakes in the park are turquoise due to the glacial ice melt and the sediments it leaves.
We woke up to a large black bear grazing on berries about 50 yards from our cabin! This was the third bear sighting of the trip.
The wide-open Montana sky led to the perfect opportunity for me to photograph stars (a first). I took this photo around midnight as cattle trucks were unloading cattle a few miles from the park.
A one-hour time exposure of stars passing over the Montana sky.
Tattoo, the guard llama at the alpaca farm were we stayed, blocked the driveway as we tried to leave the last morning.

Project 52 Week 21: On the Road Again …

This past week, my husband and I took a road trip with another couple to North Carolina & South Carolina. We had an amazing trip! We just got back last night, so I obviously haven’t sorted through all my photos yet, but here are just a few of my favorites. As you can see, we had quite the mixture of activities throughout our trip.

During a hike to Grotto Falls in Great Smoky Mountain National Park, we saw a guy with a pack of lamas transporting supplies to a hike-in resort. We couldn’t have arrived at a more perfect time to capture this moment.
Grotto Falls, Great Smoky Mountain National Park.
A beautiful butterfly captured our attention at a lookout point in Great Smoky Mountain National Park.
A lookout point at Great Smoky National Park during one of the few sunny moments.
A picturesque facade of a historic home in Charleston, South Carolina. Charleston is the 2nd most preserved city in the world, behind Rome.
We experienced the perfect sunrise on the Sullivan’s Island beach in South Carolina.
A quiet, romantic morning on Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina.

Grand Canyon | October 2010

I’m finally getting around to posting photos from our desert Southwest trip we took about a month ago. I had a really hard time narrowing it down from 500 to 15 for this blog post! 


This was taken on an accidental 65-mile detour trying to view Castle Rock. We ended up driving through the La Sal mountain range after taking a wrong turn. (You can see Castle Rock way off in the distance.)

 


Taken at Dead Horse Point State Park.


At the top of Whale Rock in Canyonlands National Park.


My husband Jerod on a hike in Canyonlands National Park. He likes to get as close as possible to the edge of the cliff.



Whitewater raft trip in Westwater Canyon. (Obviously in the calm part of the river.)


Beautiful view from Red Cliffs Lodge in Moab, UT. Our cabin was about 50 years away from here.



Another view from Red Cliffs Lodge.


Beautiful rock formations in Arches National Park.


The Fiery Furnace section of Arches National Park requires a permit beyond the fence because there are dead-end canyons where you could get lost.


Skyline Arch – half of the middle section fell out only about 60 years ago (very recent in rock formation years).


I think this is the South Window arch.


Unfortunately it was cloudy and rainy while we were at the Grand Canyon, but we did see a beautiful rainbow …


… and a beautiful sunset. What a great way to end our trip!