Here we are in an amazing destination spot. . .
we invited all of our family to come, visit, and stay . . .
but, only a couple of them have taken us up on our invitation. . .
Anyway. . .one of the smart ones showed up this week. . .
my beautiful niece Andrea, and her hubby Bryan. . .
Since Bryan lived in Colorado for a few years. . .
and since they visit family in Denver quite regularly. . .
I was sure they must have been to Rocky Mountain National Park numerous times. . .
but they said they hadn’t. . .and definitely wanted to go. . .yaaaa. . .
we got an early start. . .8 a.m. is very, very early for me to be out the door. . .geez! LOL. . .
Bryan generously offered to drive. . .which Uncle David loved. . .
and all was going very well until after lunch when the clouds rolled in. . .
driving through the clouds at the summit, 12,167 feet elevation felt like being on an airplane. . .
Shortly past the summit. . .
on the western side of the mountains is the Continental Divide. . .
where we went for a short hike and Bryan took the camera
and played photographer for awhile. . .
any guess as to why they are called mule deer?
Look at those ears. . .
as recommended by our favorite local. . .
and the clerk at our campground office. . .
we had lunch at the Grand Lake Lodge
in Grand Lake Colorado. . .
This was the view of Shadow Mountain Lake
from the glassed in porch. . . really lovely!
any time you see all the traffic stopping. . .
you know there’s going to be a treat. . .
and here was ours for the day. . .
made me very, very happy!
What a wonderful, fabulous day spent with family. . .
the only thing that would have made it better,
is if they could have stayed longer. . .
but we are very, very glad they came. . .
and we enjoyed every minute. . .
Love you guys!
Wishing you all safe travels. . .and lots of memories!