Pictures in Rocky Mountain National Park – Day 3
Another 4:30 wakeup to get another sunrise. We rolled into the park, found the spot that we scoped out yesterday, and set up tripods and cameras. The temperature, by the way, was around 25 degrees Fahrenheit. Normally, this isn’t such a big deal since we were bundled up properly. But the 25 mph wind gusting to 50 mph really made the morning a challenge (especially since we’d worked our way on top of an exposed hill to ensure a good view).
Yeah the view was nice, but with a wind chill adjusted temperature between 4 and 10 degrees Fahrenheit and wind blowing so hard that it was attacking any openings in the insulation, I was feeling a little unpleasant. But the sun soon came. And when the light hit the tops of the peaks, it was beautiful.
Soon enough, it was time to leave. Really. Time to leave. We were freezing. And at that point, our plans changed. We were initially going to head to a trailhead and start snowshoeing. But since we were both frozen, we decided to go to breakfast instead. It was my fault. At least Chris convinced me to do real breakfast instead of donuts.
On the way out of the park, we stopped for a few shots. For those that have known me for a while, the bench in the picture below is where I took the video of a bunch of elks honking at each other.
Then came breakfast! Chris worked through a healthy meal while I was killing chicken egg, cow, and salt-cured pig. After that, we were back into the park. Here is the first after-breakfast shot:
As we climbed towards Many Parks Overlook, Chris had a little trouble deciding where he wanted to take his next picture. This led to a bunch of U-turns. We finally decided to take pictures both places. I liked this spot where I kinda poached the shot that Chris wanted to take:
While I was setting up for this shot, Chris couldn’t decide whether or not he wanted to leap over the stream. I was waiting with my finger on the shutter button for him to go. But in the end, he decided to turn and walk away from the stream. When I started to whine about it, he spun around and jumped:
Chris headed off to shoot a beaver pond. When he returned, we started to work our way out of the area. Chris has floating nicely on top of the snow. But about 10 feet before he reached the roadway, he sunk his whole leg in.
So I worked my way along a different route. I thought I was going to make it all the way. I was formulating snappy comments in my head when I punched through the snow all the way up my leg. My witty comments evaporated in my head as Chris burst out in laughter. Both Chris and I made our ways out of our sunken predicaments by laying on our backs and wiggling our ways out to the road. We got back to the Jeep and headed up to Many Parks. Though I got some shots I was happy with the other day when I was there, today turned out to be not so great. So we headed back down the hill. I got some nice shots on the way:
Then we headed down and out of the park. On the way, I took a cheesy Jeep picture:
We got back to our lodge, and since we are leaving tomorrow, we both went to our rooms and packed our stuff. Then we went to the local brewery for chow and beer. That turned out to be a good way to close the trip.