Some photos from Rocky Mountain National Park

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jeffnles1

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My son is starting college in the fall and for our last family vacation before he goes away to school, he wanted to go to RMNP and do some hiking. Here are a few photos from our trip:







 

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Nice photo's where abouts is this Rocky Mountain National park located? since the Rocky's run from Canada to New Mexico and are about 3000 miles long I couldn't tell where your pic's were taken.
 

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6gun said:
Nice photo's where abouts is this Rocky Mountain National park located? since the Rocky's run from Canada to New Mexico and are about 3000 miles long I couldn't tell where your pic's were taken.

Sorry,
Estes Park, Colorado. About 1.5 hours north of Denver.
 

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BearBio said:
If you have any, you should post pics of the Stanley. My SIL and Niece live in Boulder. Nice picture of the Nutcracker.

This is the only one I have of the Stanley. Not the best photo in the world though. Panorama view with an iphone. Kind of got the horizon off axis.

Supposedly, Stephen King stayed there and it inspired his book The Shining (Although a different location was the set for the movie).



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For those who don't know: Named after the Stanley Steamer family. Have one still in operation. Supposedly quite haunted.

Many, many elk there at times. Saw the car in front of us hit a cow elk one evening. No one hurt fortunately (teenager in the backseat got hit by some glass), although all the windows were blown out.

Great pics. Hope to stay there next year.
 

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Wasn't that building in a Horror Movie? I keep thinking of the guy that chopped a hole in a door then sticks his head in a says here's Johnny, when I look at that pic.
 

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6gun said:
Wasn't that building in a Horror Movie? I keep thinking of the guy that chopped a hole in a door then sticks his head in a says here's Johnny, when I look at that pic.

Right story, wrong movie! This hotel inspired Stephen King to write "The Shining". I understand some interior scenes were shot there. Another hotel was used for the exterior shots.
 

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Beautiful country there, and nice pics!

The only time I've seen Rocky Mt. N.P. was from above, on Long's Peak at about 14,000 feet. We started on a trailhead outside of the park but crossed over the boundary at some point, I think. That was a pretty tough hike, but well worth it!
 

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Thanks for posting the pics! It brings back some memories for me.
I lived near Estes about 20 years ago.
 

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Born and raised near Estes Park, been there hundreds of times and every time you see another beautiful sight. If you go be sure and go over Trail Ridge Road, way above timberline and wow scenery.
 

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Thanks guys, it was a great trip. My son is going to college in about 4 weeks and things will change. Next summer, he'll probably be working or have a girlfriend or whatever. It was really fun to go hiking with him even though a 52 year old guy has trouble keeping up with a 18 year old who plays soccer and runs track. He took it easy on the old man most of the time. I took over 400 photos but figured you guys wouldn't want to see all of them :)

My boy is a really good kid and it was a joy to spend some quality time with him.

Jeff
 
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