RMNP is actually celebrating their 100th birthday this year, so if you plan on visiting between now and September be sure to check out the festivities!
Last time we talked hiking we were sharing the simple hike/walk through Waterton Canyon in the South Denver suburbs. Today I'm back talking about a much different trail to St. Mary's Glacier not far from Idaho Springs, CO. The drive is out of the way and the glacier is even more out of the way. But let me tell you it is definitely worth every second. Google search the drive, they will give you better directions than I could, because I made Mandy drive.
We have had a few questions about our pictures on the blog - whether they're stock photos or our own. Especially in our inspirational quote photos. Well every picture you see is ours. They're our memories. Memories of our travels, memories of fun times, memories of our family, memories of challenges, memories of freedom, memories of peace, and memories that we never want to forget.
A few weeks ago while we were hiking in Waterton Canyon we had our first Mountain House taste test which actually surprised us and turned out to be a great meal. That same trip, our boys decided against their typical PB&J's and asked if they could bring the Mountain House Macaroni and Cheesethey had picked out a few weeks previously at Cabela's. They are not adventurous eaters so we were surprised, but their excitement was worth the risk. Today we're sharing our preparation tips and what we thought about the meal:
Yesterday we talked about our Spring Break camping trip to the Ft. Collins/Lakeside KOA campground - we definitely enjoyed our stay and look forward to a summer visit so we may utilize more of the fabulous amenities they offer. We're suckers for paddle boats and ice cream! Not to mention seeing all those big trees in bloom. As promised, today we are going to talk about our cabin experience. Our family has stayed in KOA cabins previously so we knew when booking our trip to Lakeside that we were in for a great stay. For this trip we reserved a two bedroom camping cabin without a bathroom. We don't mind using the communal bathrooms, so we save money by not reserving the cabins with bathrooms. The off-season base rate was $80 for two people and then a charge of $5/additional person per night - the final charge was $95/night. However, we have a VKR card so we saved 10% and earned 2860 points.
Our family loves Ft. Collins, CO- it is a diverse and expanding college town about 40 minutes south of the Wyoming border. To the west, it's easy to fall in love with the picturesque views of the Rocky Mountains and to the east the vastly different, but beautiful, prairie lands stretch as far as the eye can see. Ft. Collins is within close distance toRocky Mountain National Park, Pawnee National Grasslands, Roosevelt National Forest, and the gorgeous Cache La Poudre River/Valley.
Waterton Canyon is mine and Mandy's go-to trail for an easy local day hike with the boys. The word hike might even be too generous. Maybe slightly inclined smooth walking trail would be better. Situated deep in the southern Denver suburbs in what is also known as Platte Canyon sits Waterton Canyon. Managed by Denver Water and the US Forest Service, it is also a starting/ending point for the Colorado Trail.
Maybe it's the piles of snow in our front yard or the fact that we can't even believe it's March to begin with, but wow Spring Break really snuck up on us. So here we are trying to figure out what the heck we're going to do, because Lord knows that cabin fever has set in for all 5 of us! Luckily, a quick little camping trip is an easy answer.
Can you believe we live in Colorado and still haven't seen everything?!? Well, it is a BIG state and there is so much to see. In fact, I just stumbled upon this list of99 Gorgeous Postcard Places in Colorado. WOW! I'm actually very impressed with this list. Sadly, we've only been to about 30 of them!! Number 17 is definitely at the top of our bucket list. And 41 is probably our favorite on the list. But most everyone who visits Colorado is in awe of 6 and 16 and 24. Well, really I could just keep going.
Have you been to Colorado? What is your favorite sight to see?