Elk Crossing

Day 4 of the Colorado adventure: we have gotten up early and are among a line of cars waiting to get into the Rocky Mountain National Park.

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Heading into the park, ready for adventure.

Not five minutes into the park we have our first Elk spotting. We really weren’t expecting to see any as they are usually not out during the day.

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Ohh look, Elk!

Nobody bothered to tell the elk that they weren’t supposed to be out. We ended up stuck as dozens of elk made their way across the road.

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A lot of Elk…

We got to the trail head and had a little warm up hike around Bear lake. A Rocky Mountain trail that is wheel chair accessible.

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Bear lake, not to be confused with Beer lake.

The next stop on our tour of lakes is Nymph lake. I’m pretty sure this is where the Lady of the Lake present Excalibur to Arthur King of the Britons.

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Nymph lake. This would have been a nice photo if I hadn’t fat-fingered it.

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The only place to get signal.

Next is Dream lake. If you pay close attention to the mountain in the distance it will be in more photos and keep getting bigger.

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Dream lake

The trail terminated at Emerald Lake. A good place to take a rest before turning around and going past all those lovely lakes again.

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Emerald lake

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If you look closely you can see some snow.

After getting back to the trail head it was time to hike down the mountain to our next objective.

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Trees; they don’t have those back home.

Alberta falls. This time of year a tiny stream, probably a lot more violent when the snows are in full melt.

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Someone should help Alberta up.

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Time for a Selfie! Still haven’t shaved.

After a long day of hiking we headed back in Estes to check out the town and grab some grub.

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Better pizza than Seattle, vacation is already worth it.

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