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We have been to Colorado 3 times in the past 5 months.  The first 2 times we didn’t make it to the mountains though we could see them in the distance.  This time, we decided that we wanted to get to the mountains.  We had in our minds that we would do some hiking and sight-seeing.  As it turned out, April is too early for much hiking in the Rockies as there is still a lot of snow on the ground.  We did the sightseeing and a little snow hiking too.

This was a bit of a business trip as we had to exchange David’s bike for a 28″ model.  The bike shop where we bought it in Longmont, CO, couldn’t have been more accommodating on the exchange.

Longmont had 2 train stations.  This one had been repurposed as a liquor store.

Longmont had 2 train stations. This one had been repurposed as a liquor store.

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The 2nd train station in Longmont, Colorado is still being used by the railroad.

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Little stone train station in Lyons, Colorado

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Lyons, Colorado

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Vickie & David at Estes Park

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The road to Rocky Mountain Park – The park is open this time of year, but Trail Ridge Road isn’t cleared of snow yet.

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Wildlife in Rocky Mountain National Park

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It was snowing at the higher elevations. The ranger told us that March and April are the generally the heaviest snow months in Rocky Mountain National Park.

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The air was fresh and clean with the smell of pine. It was quiet as there are no crowds this time of year.

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It was snowing at the high elevations which made it hard to get a picture with the sun illuminating the snow.

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Even at the lower elevations, there was still snow on the ground.

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We took a very short snow hike to Bear Lake. With the high elevation and snow, the short hike was a workout.

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There were deer (or are these elk?) grazing anywhere they could find vegetation.

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We found a nice cabin beside a stream to stay in overnight.

 

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David standing on the bridge over the stream by our cabin.

 

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Relaxing and enjoying the cabin

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It was a long drive down a dirt/gravel road to get to the east portal of the Moffat Tunnel. The scenery on the way was beautiful.

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A BNSF train coming out of the east portal of the Moffat Tunnel

 

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The east portal of the Moffat Tunnel

 

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We had to go through some tunnels ourselves to get across to the west side of the mountains.

 

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Another highway tunnel

 

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It was quite challenging to get to the west portal of the Moffat Tunnel because it was actually inside one of the private ski resorts.

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The Frasier, Colorado Amtrak stop

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Small Planet eBikes of Longmont, Colorado

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We had to pick up David’s bike at Small Planet eBike shop in Longmont, Colorado

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We had lunch in Longmont before heading back home.

 

David's new bike

David’s new bike

One thought on “April 2015 in the Rockies

  1. Pingback: April 2015 Rocky Mtns | Vickie's Blog

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