Overall this trip was fun but seemed to be lacking
something. I don't know if it was the boys and their propensity to bury
their heads in video games or music while in the midst of beautiful country.
Maybe it was because I'd rather see the country hiking instead of from
an automobile? Maybe not being able to visit Glacier in July with only
Yumi still had me down a little bit. Whatever the case, the trip was a
bit disappointing in a way I still can't quite put my finger on. We all
made it back home safe which is the most important thing.
| The gang minus dorf (who is operating the faulty
camera) at Bear Lake
However, for the most part the trip was very enjoyable
despite the boys unruly behavior and the girls bickering from time to
time. Everyone liked the rafting and the horse ride. I'm not sure, but
I think everyone did like hiking into the backcountry. I hope so because
that is what I enjoyed the most.
The area around Estes Park has grown far too large---much
larger than Iremember it almost 30 years ago. That's too bad. I don't
think mini golf courses and fast food restaurants have any place that
close to the natural beauty of Rocky Mountain National Park. But that's
I would like to go back sometime and backpack the park
while I am still able. I know there are probably better places very close
to the park, without the crowds, but I guess I like the feeling of being
isolated while in the confines of a federal entity. Seeing first hand
what lengths search and rescuers will go to help find a missing person
I think the next time we venture to the mountains,
wherever it is, we'll stay at a NFS campground. While nice, the park grounds
seemed to cram us in tight places. As aresult, something was missing there
as well. We'll see what happens.