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wild horses. . .Theodore Roosevelt NP - North Dakota

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Full Time RV Travel–Rocky Mountain Land Cruiser Tour

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Old Fall River Road in Rocky Mountain National Park
is gravel, and is only open two months of the year. . .
RMNP Entrance
we’ve wanted to do the Top of the World Tour since we got here,
and it finally happened this week when
Dave’s bub & sis in law arrived from Fort Worth. . .
Trail Ridge Road PostCard
If you drive the paved road, Trail Ridge Road,
you will drive 21 miles from Estes Park to the
summit in Rocky Mountain National Park. . .
Old Fall River Road Hummer Jeep Tour - Scenic Views - a view of the dirt road from the Summit. . .
If you drive the gravel, Old Fall River Road,
visible in the right hand side of the pic,
you will travel 11 miles from
Estes Park to the Summit. . .
Old Fall River Road Hummer Jeep Tour - Scenic Views

You will travel around 23 switchbacks,
and get up close and personal with the dropoffs. . .
(yes, that is the guardrail right there)
a very good reason in my book to
take a tour and let the experts do the driving. . .
Alluvial Fan Waterfall - Curtis & Brenda
At our very first stop, the Alluvial Fan Waterfall
2012-08-08 Colorado_ Rocky Mountain National Park - Jeep Tour - guys looking under the hood
our tour guide, Alex, opened the hood
on the monster, and entertained the guys. . .
it was all greek to me. . .gear ratios. . .torque. . .yada, yada, yada. . .whatever!  LOL. . .
Old Fall River Road Hummer Jeep Tour - Scenic Views
as close as you can get to the remaining snowfields without hiking. . .
Alex said he had lived in this area his entire life. . .
and he has never seen the snowfields completely disappear. . .but. . .
because the snow pack was so light this past winter, these last few
snowfields will probably completely melt away. . .
that will be sad, because the snow on the mountain peaks
is really what makes them so stunningly beautiful. . .
Old Fall River Road Hummer Jeep Tour - Scenic ViewsOld Fall River Road Hummer Jeep Tour - Scenic Views
a Marmot was out sunning on a rock. . .
he stayed put just long enough to get a shot of him. . .
They hibernate 8 months of the year. . .
so they try to triple their body weight in the four months of summer. . .
Evans Brothers
More gorgeous views and family pics. . .Brenda and I are the only original in-laws. . .
so we gotta get our shots together whenever possible. . .
our hubby’s did good, didn’t they?  Lucky guys!
We had a great day in the park. . .and lots more fun later in the week. . .
More pics and posts later. . .
Elk standing on the side of Trail Ridge Road
The END!

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