Colorado Travel Guide: Rocky Mountain National Park

Happy Independence Day!

Rocky Mountain National Park is a stunning part of Colorado, filled with rugged mountains, dense forests, powerful rivers, and freezing tundras where summer never comes. It is the home of Long’s Peak, the highest mountain in Colorado as well as the source of the Colorado River, which makes its way through the country, eventually winding its way through the Grand Canyon. It is one of my favorite places to hike and camp, or just take a day trip to drive around and see the beautiful views. An entrance to the park is located just outside of Estes Park, Colorado.

I recently camped in the park to explore and get some higher altitude hiking in before I hike my first fourteener (also known as mountians that are at least fourteen thousand feet in elevation).  Please note that Rocky Mountain National Park is a high elevation park. Make sure to stay hydrated and watch for signs of altitude sickness, which can be life threatening. If you are from a much lower elevation than most of Colorado I would reccommend taking a few days to acclimate to the elevation in a place with access to medical assistance before attempting a hike in the park.

The first hike I did was to Fern Lake, I got caught in the rain so I didn’t make it all the way to the lake, but the views were incredible and the foliage and wildflowers were beautiful. Make sure to bring bug spray and wear long pants/sleeves, the mosquitoes were fierce.

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The second hike I did was in the Wild Basin area the trail passes a series of waterfalls and ends at a lake. Again, I got caught in the rain so I didn’t make it all of the way to the lake but I made it five miles in and saw three of the waterfalls.

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Before you leave the park, make sure to drive over Trail Ridge Road. It is the highest paved road in the United States and takes you through all of the various eocsystems in the park. The first is Montane, the thick mountian forests with a large diversity of animal and plant life. Next is Subalpine, which is located just before and after treeline, where the elevation makes it too difficult for trees to grow. The last is Alpine Tundra, summer seems to never come here and there is always snow on the ground.

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the view of the park from Trail Ridge Road

While on Trail Ridge Road we stopped near the trail head for Mt. Ida, there was a short trail above this lake that was quite lovely.

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I never realized before this trip that there is a National Scenic Trail along the Continental Divide that goes all the way from New Mexico, through Colorado, Wyoming, and Idaho, to Montana. Backpacking along that trail is definitely something that I want to do in the next five years.

I hope you enjoyed this and got another idea for your next visit to Colorado!

~Maizy

Check out my Colorado Travel Guide posts about Estes Park pt. 1Estes Park pt. 2, The Celestial Seasonings Tea FactoryBishop’s Castle, and The Hanging Lake Trail.

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Sponsorship Saturday: My Compassion Sponsorship Story

Hello Everyone,

Today I want to share with you the story of how I began to sponsor children through Compassion International. Ever since I can remember, my family has sponsored children. The first two were Edgar and Jennifer. I didn’t get to know them very well, but I liked to write them letters, and sometimes we would receive letters and artwork, especially from Edgar, talking about their lives. A few years later, my mom showed me and my sisters Compassion’s website and we chose to sponsor Brian and Lesbia. As I got older, I learned about the problems that people, especially children in poverty faced, I began to have a desire to do something about it. One of the major parts of Compassion’s sponsorship program is letter writing. It is a huge encouragement to children in poverty to know that there is someone who is praying for them and who cares for them.

As I got older, I began to have a desire to personally do something for children in poverty, so I got involved in Compassion’s correspondent sponsorship program. Sometimes, children in  Compassion’s program will be financially sponsored by a company, or by a person who does not want, or is unable to write to them, Compassion finds people to fulfill the letter writing part of the sponsorship. Nenxy, in Honduras, and Charity in Uganda were my first two correspondent children. When Charity, lost her financial sponsor, I decided to take that responsibility. I now have five sponsored children, Nenxy, Charity, Elizabeth, Habib, Jane, and Jones. Sponsorship is an enormous blessing, not just to the sponsors. My sponsored children write me letters and want to build a relationship with me, not just benefit from my money. They tell me about their life, and ask about mine. They even tell me that they are praying for me. My sponsored children have become some of my dearest friends. Sponsorship has greatly enriched my life and has been an opportunity for me to do something about a problem in the world that I strongly desire to end. If you feel the same way, and want to consider sponsoring a child, please check out Compassion’s website here.

Have a great day!

~Maizy