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It’s Fun To Watch The People Playing In The Snowfield On Trail Ridge Road in RMNP


There are a lot of snowfields along Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park this summer. Most of the signs tell you to stay off of them because they are dangerous. But up near Rock Cut on the way to the Alpine Visitor’s Center, there is a snowfield that is just for stopping and playing in. And there were a lot of people doing just that!

On our way back down Trail Ridge Road I saw this group of people having a blast in the snow field. Many were dressed in shorts and t-shirts and having  grand old time. I took this photograph out of our car. I thought it was pretty cool for the end of July!


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Spectacular Sunrise Here In Estes Park Yesterday Morning!


I haven’t seen a sunrise like this since last winter. That’s usually when the sunrises are just amazing!

I was lying in bed yesterday morning looking out the window, thinking it might rain with all of the clouds in the sky. I got up and walked into the living room and looked out the picture window. What a different perspective on the morning! It was just spectacular!

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The Prairie Smoke Wildflower Is Just Stunning At Lily Lake In RMNP


I remember when I first saw the Prairie Smoke wildflower at Lily Lake  a few years ago. I did not know what it was so I asked a friend of mine who was a Park Ranger. As soon as I started to describe it, he said he knew exactly which one it as and where it was located at Lily Lake.

The “Prairie Smoke” is also known as Old Man’s Whiskers. When it blooms it looks like small clusters of nodding dusty-rose flowers with 5 narrow and 5 wide lobes. As it goes by, the nodding ones are replaced with the Old Man’s Whiskers.

I think it is just beautiful! Don’t you?

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Lots Of Fly-Fishing At Sprague Lake In Rocky Mountain National Park!


We met a delightful couple yesterday  from Tennessee whose passion is fly-fishing. They told us that the rivers around here were raging and it was hard to fly-fish in waters that turbulent. They were looking for a more quiet area. We suggested the Big Thompson River below the dam at lake Estes…that was not running quite as fast.

Phil and I ended up going up to Sprague Lake for a short hike around the lake. I was dying to see a moose…and it was  a beautiful day!

We were amazed at the number of people who were fly-fishing in the lake. We could also see a few fly-fishing classes being held there, as well as many families with children. They must be there because the rivers are running so fast and Sprague Lake is the perfect place to go fly-fishing. The waters are shallow and calm and the views are gorgeous. It doesn’t get much better! I always love to see the children out fishing.

It was a very pretty walk, as always…but no moose! Maybe next time!



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Don’t Forget Your Safety Rules When You Are Kayaking or Boating In Estes Park or Colorado


I was walking around Lake Estes the other day when I saw this man putting his kayak in the water. It was the middle of June and the air temperature was about 70 degrees. The water temperature, however, was in the 40s. It comes straight from the melting snow in the mountains.

He had on shorts and a t-shirt and a PFD strapped on the bow of his boat. If a gust of wind came by and he went over, he didn’t have a chance. Hypothermia would set in within less than 2 minutes. There’s no way he could get to shore and there were no other boats on the lake.

Remember your boating Safety Rule: Dress for the water temperature, not the air temperature. He should have had a dry suit on, or at least a full wet suit. It’s better to sweat a little than to die.

And ALWAYS wear your PFD…if he went over, there was no way he would be able to get his PFD off his boat, put it on and zip it up. You should ALWAYS wear your PFD…you never know what might happen out on the water.

I went sailing with a friend of mine many years ago…we were both very good sailors. A gust of wind came by and the boom flew across the boat, hitting  him in the head and knocking him out of the boat and into the water. He did not have a PFD on. Luckily he was still conscious and I was able to get him. The only thing he lost was his prescription sunglasses. Ever since that day, I have never gotten into a boat (and I am an experienced boater) without my PFD. It’s not worth the alternative…

I just thought with summer coming and the water still being so cold, a few safety rules might help. Enjoy your time on the water, but please be safe.


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