Bobby and Cathey's Visit - August 2011
4. Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park
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#1 - The condo (top right) where we stayed for 2 nights. It is located in Estes Park, Colorado along the Fall River just outside the entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park. (Picture by Bobby)
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#2 - Bobby sitting on the balcony relaxing.
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#3 - Bobby enjoying the view of our "backyard" from the balcony.
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#4 - The view from the balcony.
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#5 - The view from the balcony. (Photo by Bobby)
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#6 - The Fall River just behind our condo. (Photo by Bobby)
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#7 - The Fall River just out behind our condo. (Photo by Bobby)
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#8 - The iconic Stanley Hotel (where Stephen King stayed and got inspired to write "The Shining") in the town of Estes Park. The hotel was built in 1909 by F.O. Stanley of Stanley Steamer fame.
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#9 - Bobby and Cathey outside the Stanley Hotel in the town of Estes Park.
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#10 - Cathey and Bobby standing by a Stanley Steamer (invented by the twin brothers, Freelan Oscar and Francis Edgar Stanley in 1897) in the lobby of the Stanley Hotel
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#11 - The view of the town of Estes Park and the mountains as we exit the Stanley Hotel. (Photo by Bobby)
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#12 - Cathey and Bobby at the entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park.
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#13 - A panoramic view of Moraine Park (a moraine is a valley formed by a receding glacier) in Rocky Mountain National Park. (Photo by Bobby)
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#14 - Cathey and Bobby at Beaver Ponds area as we head for Trail Ridge Road in RMNP.
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#15 - A scenic view as we drive up Trail Ridge Road which is the highest continuous paved roads in the U.S. at an elevation of 12,183 feet.
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#16 - Bobby and Cathey enjoying the view at the Many Parks Curve overlook.
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#17 - The panoramic view at the Many Parks Curve overlook.
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#18 - Bobby and Cathey at Many Parks Curve overlook with the majestic Rocky Mountains and Longs Peak (highest in the Park at 14,259) in the backgound.
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#19 - Longs Peak (highest in the Park at 14,259).
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#20 - Another picturesque view as we continue our trek up Trail Ridge Road.
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#21 - Bobby enjoying the view from a rock along Trail Ridge Road.
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#22 - Looking down at the view of the Alluvial Fan Area from Trail Ridge Road.
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#23 - Cathey and Bobby enjoying the view from the wall at Rainbow Curve overlook.
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#24 - Cathey and Bobby enjoying the view from the wall at Rainbow Curve overlook.
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#25 - A panoramic view looking West from the Forest Canyon overlook on Trail Ridge Road.
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#26 - A panoramic view looking South from the Forest Canyon overlook on Trail Ridge Road.
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#27 - Another view from the Forest Canyon overlook.
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#28 - A moth along the trail as we leave the Forest Canyon overlook.
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#29 - Some white flowers in the Arctic Tundra along the trail of Forest Canyon overlook.
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#30 - Would you believe that dandelions even grow in the Arctic Tundra?
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#31 - As we stop at the Lava Cliffs overlook, we spot some elk down below the snow field. Yes, snow is up there in August!.
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#32 - A telephoto shot of the elk below the Lava Cliffs overlook.
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#33 - Here is our view at the Gore Range overlook as we have lunch in the car.
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#34 - Cathey and Bobby enjoying a cup of coffee and the fabulous view in the Alpine Visitors Center on Trail Ridge Road.
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#35 - Bobby and Cathey enjoying a cup of coffee and the fabulous view (not the poster!) in the Alpine Visitors Center on Trail Ridge Road.
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#36 - The view from Medicine Bow Curve (just past the Alpine Visitor Center) on Trail Ridge Road.
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#37 - A telephoto view from Medicine Bow Curve (just past the Alpine Visitor Center) on Trail Ridge Road.
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#38 - As we return back down Trail Ridge Road, we stopped again at Rainbow Curve overlook to see the wildlife that was not there on our first stop. This is a Clarke's Nutcracker, a bird indiginous to the area.
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#39 - A Clarke's Nutcracker sitting on the wall at Rainbow Curve on Trail Ridge Road.
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#40 - A Clarke's Nutcracker sitting on the wall at Rainbow Curve on Trail Ridge Road.
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#41 - Cathey watching a chipmonk while sitting on the wall at Rainbow Curve on Trail Ridge Road.
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#42 - A chipmonk eating a nut on the wall at Rainbow Curve on Trail Ridge Road.
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#43 - A chipmonk eating a piece of pretzel on the wall at Rainbow Curve on Trail Ridge Road.
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#44 - Cathey watching a chipmonk while sitting on the wall at Rainbow Curve on Trail Ridge Road.
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#45 - Cathey, Cathy and Bobby enjoying the view of the waterfall at the Alluvial Fan Area in RMNP.
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#46 - Cathey and Bobby at the Alluvial Fan Area in RMNP.
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#47 - Cathey and Bobby at the Alluvial Fan Area in RMNP.
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#48 - Bobby getting ready to take a picture of the waterfall at the Alluvial Fan Area.
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#49 - Bobby taking a picture of the waterfall at the Alluvial Fan Area.
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#50 - An interesting tree stump at the Alluvial Fan Area.
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#51 - A view as we take a hike around Sprague Lake.
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#52 - Another view as we take a hike around Sprague Lake.
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#53 - A telephoto view as we take a hike around Sprague Lake. That is Hallet's Peak on the left.
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#54 - Bobby and Cathey sit on a rock at Sprague Lake with Hallet's Peak in the background.
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#55 - We have lunch at Sprague Lake. Cathy and Cathey sit with a local Estes Park couple, while Bobby and I have our own private table.
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#56 - Cathey, Cathy and Bobby eating lunch at Sprague Lake.
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#57 - A view as we take a hike around Bear Lake.
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#58 - A view as we take a hike around Bear Lake.
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#59 - Cathey and Cathy sit on a log bench while Bobby stands on a rock enjoying the view of Bear Lake.
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#60 - The cousins standing on a rock at Bear Lake.

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