Cross country: Grand Lake, Colorado and Rocky Mountain National Park

August 26, 2013

We reached new heights today—11,800 ft. above sea level! We drove to the crest in the Rocky Mountain National Park, stopping to take pictures. We tried one small hike, and we both had altitude problem. So, we thought we’d let the truck do the hiking. We still had problems!

Richard couldn’t catch his breath, and I had a tightening in my chest and couldn’t catch my breath. I was also worried that he was overworking his knees. We’ve never had altitude problems before, and I’m guessing it’s age (and, in my case a repaired heart). Our campground is at 8300 ft. At first it was difficult for me to walk the dog up hill; now it’s a little easier.

I shot a lot of photos today and still have to sort through them. Tonight, I’m showing you scenery in and from our campground. You’ll see a great number of shots of mama moose and her two offspring. It was so wicked that they came to feed in our campground near the children’s playground.

I’ll give you my impressions of the Park in tomorrow’s post. No, we’re not going to try to hike it again. We thought we’d go into Grand Lake Village and just take it easy. No new heights for us; it’s easier to function at 8300 ft.

 

Cross Country: Grand Lake, Colorado and Strasburg, Colorado images

August 25, 2013

Mountains! It’s been a long time since we were in mountains. We could see them from Denver, but today we’re in them. You see, in California we have flat lands, deserts, hills and mountains. We haven’t seen true mountains since we left the Great Smokey Mountains in Tennessee. Yes, there was Acadia National Park and Cadillac Mountain in Maine, but there is no comparison.

During our drive in, we crested at about 11,400 feet. Our campground is at 8,600 feet. So, I’m experiencing some altitude adjustment. It’s good that Denver is at 5,000+ feet so we had a chance to get used to the higher altitude or my adjustment would be worse.

I remember going through the Rockies 2 years ago. The drive was so beautiful. I didn’t have my camera yet and didn’t take photos because my little point and shoot couldn’t capture it like my memory can.

We will be here for three nights and will have two full days in the Rocky Mountain National Park. I hope to get some fantastic images for you. I’ve already started. When we came in, a mama moose and her two babies were feeding on some tree leaves. This campground has wildlife in it and we have been warned about not letting Gem off the leash.

I’m hoping the cooler weather up here will help us finally get rid of the fleas. Warning: don’t take your dog into the Midwest. The fleas are mean there! Today I’m showing you some of the treasures at the Strasburg Museum, a collection of history donated by public entities and private citizens. Buildings were moved and placed in the museum. I have many more images, but you may not be as enthusiastic as I am about history. I’ve chosen samples to show you.

Okay, time to get dinner on. Maybe after dinner and if the rain, yes it’s raining again, stops, we can go to the visitor’s center and plan our day in the mountains tomorrow.