Jul 15, 2015
Boulder, Colorado: Part 2
[ Part 1: our inn and delicious eats ]
One of our travel goals is to visit every single National Park in the U.S. While, we've been to Colorado numerous times, until this trip, we had yet to check off Rocky Mountain National Park. Done and done. This park ranks right up there with Denali National Park in Alaska. We think they could be neck in neck for the top spot.
Brandon is not only notorious for never allowing us to take public transportation on vacations (We once walked from Chelsea Market to The Met in New York. It was a record breaking FitBit day.), he's also pretty famous for picking the most strenuous hikes. That boy doesn't mess around.
He chose Mt. Ida for our introductory Rocky Mountain National Park hike. Eight miles round trip. Highest elevation: 12,000 feet.
For the most part, I put on a brave face and went for it, having a few "whyyyyy must you pick the hardest hikes eeeeever?" meltdowns, but I was eating my words later when I saw some of the most fantastic views I've ever seen in my life.
And if the views weren't enough, it was pretty much a zoo up there on the mountain. We saw dozens of bighorn sheep, marmots and elk.
"Crazy man with a camera at 9 o'clock. Let's move out, boys."
No big deal.
While we didn't reach the true top of Mount Ida (to be honest, I'm happy, because I heard it included rock scrambling. Gah.) due to a fast approaching lightning storm, we definitely had a satisfying hike.
If you are in Boulder and do not have time to make the drive to Rocky Mountain (which you really should make time. Really.), El Dorado Canyon has some nice hikes, too. We did a short one called Rattlesnake Loop. The elevation was easier to handle here and by the grace of God, we didn't see a single rattlesnake. How he convinces me to do these hikes is beyond me.
For the less adventurous folks (come stand by me), another attraction near Boulder is a small town called Nederland, which coincidentally is the Dutch name for Netherlands (and we just got back from there! Netherlands, we love you!). Nederland doesn't have too much to offer, but they do have a $1 carousel ride that was worth the drive.
It's a hand carved wooden carousel and incredibly charming.
We were the only people without children to ride and I ripped my favorite maxi skirt getting on my pig, but good times. Good times.
So that's a wrap, Boulder. We'll see you again someday. Pretty sure of it.
at 7:29:00 PM