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#1 wherigo

 
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Posted 23 September 2015 - 05:41 PM

  Remember the song lyrics " See the curtains hangin' in the window, in the evenin' on a Friday night.
A little light a-shinin' through the window, lets me know everything is alright."?

and its main theme "Summer breeze, makes me feel fine, blowing through the jasmine in my mind."

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That's how I feel about this summer, the campground had some new challenges (first come sites) but the summer breeze, which at times was 35 mph, kept us going.  So some shorts in multiple posts for the next few days will wrap it all up.

 

 

 

We rolled into mid week in early July and set up

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Posted 23 September 2015 - 05:44 PM

The breeze was blowing in July and it rained at some point every day, but it dried out in less than an hour

 

 

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Posted 23 September 2015 - 07:28 PM

You were here for just the right weeks -- in May and June, it rained a lot (which was, all-in-all a good thing), and then pretty much dried out except for fewer-than-usual thunderstorms.

 

Are you coming back next summer? HPH


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Posted 24 September 2015 - 06:07 AM

We were there the second week of July and the weather really had a negative impact on our hiking. lots of early rain and lightning.


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Posted 24 September 2015 - 11:23 AM

I told them I would come back :)

 

For this

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Posted 25 September 2015 - 06:38 PM

That looks like so much fun!!
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Posted 25 September 2015 - 07:14 PM

I told them I would come back :)

 

Y'know, if your schedule permits it, you might put in for a spot at Moraine Park or Aspenglen through mid-October. That way, you'd get to see the fall colors for real as well as the conglomerations of both elk and tourists for the rut. (The elk are actually pretty impressive; the tourists, on the other hand, are a source of amusement, what with their parking in the middle of the road and so on). I'm sure you've garnered patience from your experiences over the past couple of years, and that would probably suffice for this early-fall glut of visitors. HPH


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Posted 26 September 2015 - 03:22 PM

We've really enjoyed going in the fall since we've been retired. I can't think of one time when we've parked in the middle of the road, and we choose to go on trails that aren't as busy for the most part. We live in a tourist area, too, although not anything that is the magnitude of RMNP. When I hear people complain about tourists, I remind them that they are the bread and butter of a lot of businesses in our area. Fall is a spectacular time in the park, and it's easy to see why people love it so much. Ken and I have decided fall for the color and winter for the snowcapped peaks and pristine skies are more enjoyable for us than the summer, although we do miss the wildflowers that have disappeared. We loved our trip this fall and maybe a week later would have put us at the peak for color, but it was gorgeous for sure.


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Posted 26 September 2015 - 05:35 PM

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Y'know, if your schedule permits it, you might put in for a spot at Moraine Park or Aspenglen through mid-October. That way, you'd get to see the fall colors for real as well as the conglomerations of both elk and tourists for the rut. (The elk are actually pretty impressive; the tourists, on the other hand, are a source of amusement, what with their parking in the middle of the road and so on). I'm sure you've garnered patience from your experiences over the past couple of years, and that would probably suffice for this early-fall glut of visitors. HPH

 

I am asking about Aspenglen, Moraine is not for me. Actually once school started in late August for most of Colorado the park was much easier to get around. Recommend after school starts trips except for the weekends


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Posted 26 September 2015 - 05:37 PM

More from the sun in July

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Posted 26 September 2015 - 06:18 PM

... Fall is a spectacular time in the park, and it's easy to see why people love it so much. Ken and I have decided fall for the color and winter for the snowcapped peaks and pristine skies are more enjoyable for us than the summer...

 It is indeed -- and the cooler fall temperatures help, too.

 

If you count Boulder -- and I'd suggest it counts for a half, at least -- I've lived in four (or three-and-a-half) tourist towns since college: Boulder, Santa Fe, Boca Raton, and here in Estes Park (and residents in all of those places gripe). Although all are seasonal, each is unique in terms of its touristy character, and, having figured it out, I really don't think of Estes Park as the "worst" by any means. (Gotta say, though, that stopping and getting out of your car in the middle of a US highway, and not just in Rocky, is pretty bad behavior.)

 

In South Florida, the snowbirds tend to be from the big, upper east-coast cities, and they're paragons of impatience. In Boulder, lots of the visitors are high as kites. And in Santa Fe, they tend to be so rich that they think they can do whatever they please and be snotty about it while doing so.

 

The main summer season here in Estes is pretty family oriented, and all-in-all, that's quite frlendly. Now, in the fall, it tends toward more retired people, and even the Park rangers and volunteers comment on the higher grumpiness level than in the summer. But even though there are crowds just now, they're thinning out, and in a week or two it'll be that glorious October weather that often lasts into November. HPH


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Posted 27 September 2015 - 02:42 PM

more from July

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Posted 28 September 2015 - 11:19 AM

A big elk visits the D loop

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Posted 04 October 2015 - 06:23 PM

July saw lots of this

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Posted 05 October 2015 - 09:00 AM

The last few days have looked like that, too, and now it's really Fall around here. The temperature is down by 20° or so compared to a week ago, and there's snow above treeline. But the sin's out today and it'll warm up. HPH


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Posted 05 October 2015 - 01:48 PM

some play at the lake

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Posted 08 October 2015 - 11:29 AM

In August it was nice

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Posted 08 October 2015 - 12:36 PM

That elk is HUGE!


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Posted 08 October 2015 - 05:38 PM

I think this is him again in September

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Posted 10 October 2015 - 10:14 AM

Cub Lake in late August

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