Road Trip~Denver, Colorado to Rocky Mountain National Park

21 Dec

On the Porch

Onisha Ellis

 

Day 8 September 14, 2017

We got up early, excited to pick up our daughter and family friend, Pam at the airport and begin this portion of our trip. Our daughter’s home was still without electricity in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma so Rebekah had made arrangements for her cat, Mia, to stay with Pam’ daughter until the power came back on. She had managed to shift the food in her freezer to another friend’s home that had electricity and room for the food.

 

 

Arriving flights at the Denver airport was frustrating as they would not let us stop the car long enough for our party to get their luggage and walk to our meet us. I feel like they were going to arrest me for asking for an extra minute! However, we finally connected and headed off to find some breakfast and coffee for the travelers who had to be at the Orlando airport at 3 am.

Once we were caffeinated we set our GPS for Rocky Mountain National Park and began our Colorado adventure .The drive to Estes Park situated at the entrance to the park would take somewhere between one and one half to two hours.

 

A cute town, but enjoying nature was our goal today. Attribution: Frans-Banja Mulder

 

From the National Park website:

Rocky Mountain National Park’s 415 square miles encompass and protect spectacular mountain environments. Enjoy Trail Ridge Road – which crests at over 12,000 feet including many overlooks to experience the subalpine and alpine worlds – along with over 300 miles of hiking trails, wildflowers, wildlife, starry nights, and fun times. In a world of superlatives, Rocky is on top!

At one stop we saw this gorgeous bird in a tree. Rebekah took a few shots of it. Does anyone know what type of bird it is? It looks like a type of Jay to me.

 

That smile won’t last long on this trip!

 

One of our first stops was to explore a boardwalk. As Rebekah, Pam and I strolled down the walk, Rebekah began to feel queasy. It seems the combination of altitude change from sea level to over 10.000 feet was not settling well. It is possible the day and nights of Florida heat with no air conditioning weakened her body’s ability to adjust.

 

Looking a little pale

 

I thought maybe lunch would perk her up so we began to look for a picnic area. Every time we found one, it was full. Finally we turned down a side road that lead to a horse camp. It was closed for the season and we had the whole area to ourselves!

 

 

As we drove higher in the mountains, we reached a tundra like area. Pretty even in its bareness. The views from there were lovely.

 

 

Rebekah was too nauseous to leave the car and spent the rest of the drive with her head down, resting her forehead on the back of the front seat. She gave me her camera and asked me to video the scenery she was missing.  Pam was a trooper. It can’t have been fun to ride next to someone who was being sick.

Colorado fall is famous for its Aspen trees. We assumed we were too early for the color but there were several patches scattered across the mountains.

 

 

 

It had been a long day for our Florida folks, so we decided to skip one of the other drives in the park. We made it back to our hotel in Denver in time to have supper at the welcome buffet. Rebekah  retired to her room with tea and crackers.

 

6 Responses to “Road Trip~Denver, Colorado to Rocky Mountain National Park”

  1. divoran09 December 25, 2017 at 11:12 am #

    This was an enjoyable post for me, but not so much for you pour daughter. Oh, oh, I meant to write poor. The other does just as well, though, don’t you think?

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  2. Daniel Kemp December 22, 2017 at 2:40 am #

    I hope Rebekah is now okay, Onisha. Thank you for some wonderful photographs.

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    • Onisha Ellis December 23, 2017 at 7:39 pm #

      Thanks, Danny. She recovered in a couple of days. I’m glad you enjoyed the photos. I so enjoy looking a photos of other countries.

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  3. Patricia Franklin December 22, 2017 at 12:07 am #

    Wish you would have contacted me. There is a simple remedy for the altitude sickness that Rebekah experienced. It is a special powdered drink developed by a Dr. in Colo. Just sprinkle an envelope into your water bottle and very shortly you will feel better. It even works better if taken ahead of time. The Mountain Blue Jay is the bird you saw.

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    • Onisha Ellis December 23, 2017 at 7:37 pm #

      DiVoran had told me about Aclimate ,is that similar? In Florida I could only find it on Amazon and I had to buy a box for $30.00. The National Park did not sell it, which surprised me. Thanks for naming the bird. It sure is a pretty one. Merry Christmas!!

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