Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Rocky Mountain, Rocky Mountain

WOW WOW WOW...I never imagined that Colorado could be soooo beautiful. On the first day of our trip to Colorado we visited the Rocky Mountain National Park. There are two options for making the trip to the Alpine Visitor Center at the top of the mountain. We, of course, chose the most adventurous one. The 9 mile dirt road was full of spectacular switchback views and nearing the top scary overlooks the road narrowed and I could see straight down out of my window. We had an awesome trip and I will never forget the beautiful views and fun times we had driving to the top of the Rocky Mountains.

The whole trip we kept singing:

Rocky Mountain, Rocky Mountain,
Rocky Mountain high.
When your on that
Rocky Mountain
Hang your head and cry.

Do do do do
Do remember me.
Do do do do
Do remember me.

Oh the joys of being a music teacher. There is a song for everything.

View from around 12,000 feet above sea level.

The beginning of a river.

Believe or not this is the Colorado is a lot smaller here at the top of the mountain. Now we just have to visit the Grand Canyon to see it there.

Matthew stuck his foot in the icy Colorado River. At first he didn't react at all...after a few seconds he realized what true cold was for the first time. It is truly amazing how being unaware of a particular sensation allows you to experience it for longer. We immediately jerked our foot out of the water because we knew it would be cold.

"purple mountain majesty"

The one lane dirt road to the top!!!

Nearing the top it was so windy and cold but we couldn't resist getting a picture with the beautiful view behind us. Matthew didn't like that idea as you can see!!!

Daddy got tired of driving so we let Matthew take the car for a spin. Since we were on a one lane road we just took Matthew out of the car seat and let him experience the trip in the front seat with me. It was great because I could breastfeed him at any time and he loved getting to sit up front like a big boy. We figured if we drove off the cliffs then his car seat wouldn't help him anyway.

At the entrance we posed for a family photo.

Gonna climb the mountain...gonna climb the mountain...hey!!

Matthew was in a good mood!!!

We loved our Rocky Mountain trip...hopefully we can go back sometime.

Check back on my blog every day for a few days to see more of our Colorado trip. I am doing a post a day for each adventure we had. We just got back on Tuesday evening and by far this is one of the most exciting and happy vacations I have ever had!!!


  1. Wonderful photos! Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog.

  2. yes CO is beautiful - I have not been there since I was a teenager!

  3. We drove through the Sierra Nevadas on part of our vacation this summer and the mountains were SO pretty! I know exactly how you felt!

  4. We've visited CO many times and just LOVE it! I'd love to live there someday.

    Your little guy is adorable too!

  5. I love the Rocky Mountains! Trying to get my wife out there, but she's not much into nature.

    Your pics are awesome! Makes me want to go back!

  6. I absolutely love Colorado -- the mountains are amazing.

  7. Just found your blog and fell in love with it!!! Keep posting and I will keep reading!!!