|Storm brewing in the Rockies as seen from the
Today, knowing that we had nothing planned, we decided
that we should venture over to the west side of the park and see what
was going on. Unlike our previous trips to Yellowstone and Glacier I really
had no clue of what there was to see. We would find out soon enough.
We were blessed with a sunny morning as we traversed
the Ridge Road over to the west side. The kids were pretty much tired
of hiking so my suggestion to get out and make the short walk to Lake
Irene was met with a chorus of "no's". Too bad, I went anyway
accompanied by Todd and Nick.
We stopped at the Holzwarth historic site but when
learning that they would have to walk about a half mile to get to the
homestead site, everyone but Nick and myself voted "no" again.
Outnumbered, I was forced to drive down to Grand Lake, the main economic
center on the west side of the park.
Grand Lake was pretty cool. We noted a riding stable
just off highway 34. The kids had been badgering us to go for another
ride since Monday so we thought this might be the place to do it. As we
drove through town we decided that this might be the place to grab something
to eat. The boys, Munchkin and I settled on the "El Pacifico"
while Sabrina and Yumi opted for pizza. Much to our surprise, the latter
joined us for mexican after a few minutes. The meal was great and Matt
managed to eat just about everyone's rice.
Now full, it was time to check out some of the shops
in town, well, the girls did anyway. The boys and I went down to the lake
and pecked off for an hour until 2:00 when we were to meet the girls back
at the van. We had arranged for a short one-hour trail ride at the Sombrero
Stables so we had to get moving. The skies were beginning to turn their
usual afternoon gray to the west and i figured we'd be riding in the rain.
While the Moraine Park ride traversed near-wilderness,
this ride took us up and to a new sub-division. Not exactly a wilderness
experience but the trails were steep and slippery in the mud due to the
rain. Really, it was more exciting this way.
Our ride over, we drove back over the divide back to
our campground in the rain. It was 45 degrees at the top which afforded
us more views of the seemingly continuous storm. However, we made it back
to camp in one piece and managed to cook a spaghetti dinner for all, complete
After dinner Melaina, Nick, Matt, Sabrina and I hiked
back to the ampitheater for a presentation on the Arapahoe Indians while
Todd and yumi cleaned up. While the speaker was not a very polished public
speaker, he was funny and informative. The girls volunteered to learn
his native dances and eventually suckered Nick and I into being their
partners. Luckily, no photos exist of this.
The night ended with the family coaxing a fire from
our damp wood and making s'mores, which was probably the highlight of