Monday, May 18, 2009

Rocky Mountain High - Colorado

The MSU crew rode into Estes Park, CO on the afternoon of the 17th. After a quick game of mini-golf the group dispersed throughout the town for some snacks and shopping. Upon reconvening we enjoyed a supper of Elk and Buffalo burgers. Today (Monday the 18th) the group packed a picnic lunch and headed into the Rocky Mountain National Park. Within a couple of hours we found ourselves at 11,800 feet above sea level with amazing views of the surrounding mountains. Following our lunch (at 10,000 feet) we descended to approx. 7000 feet where we climbed through an alluvial fan composed of boulders left behind from a 1982 Dam failure. The resulting waterfalls and rapids were spectacular.
The group returned to the park just before sunset where we were greeted by hundreds of Elk and a few Mule Deer. With a few mountain induced clouds still in the area we where treated to quite a sunset. I hope the pictures below can reflect what we where able to see. Not a bad couple of days considering there are no storms!

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