Day 22 – Rocky Mountain National Park

After several days of hotel bag breakfast we decided to go out for breakfast.  Shari searched on Trip Advisor and found a restaurant called Doug’s Diner for breakfast.  Being tourists, we did find it a little hard to find, but we did find it.  When we arrived we were seated right away.  Once at the table we could take off our masks.  We all ordered coffee as we looked over the breakfast menu.  I ordered a Carne Asada Breakfast Burrito and I wish I had taken a picture of it.  It was HUGH.  I made a valiant effort to eat it all, but there was no way.

After breakfast we made the hour drive toward Estes Park.  We have time to kill because we cannot go into Rocky Mountain National Park until 3:00 this afternoon.  We decided to do the hike around Lily Lake.  It was a beautiful lake and the hike was a short, mostly flat hike around the lake.

After the hike we drove back to Estes Park to do a little shopping and to kill some more time.  This time we parked by the library and walked down to the commercial area.  We went into a few t-shirt shops and after a few stops we each bought a t-shirt.

At 2:45 we were in line to get into the park.  It only took a few minutes to get through the gate.  I had to show my reservation email and our annual pass and we were in.  Once inside the park we drove.  It was raining a little as we drove.  I’m not going to detail each stop, because they were all spectacular views.  At one point along the drive, Shari asked me to stop and she got a perfect shot of an bull elk with a 10-point rack resting in a field of wildflowers.

As the sun was setting Shari go a great photo of the sunset over the mountains at Rocky Mountain National Park.

I would rank Rocky Mountain National Park as one of my TOP-5 favorite National Parks.  It was all really beautiful.  I hope to come back when I can spend more time.

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