Our first BIG adventure in our trailer was a trip to Colorado to visit Tim’s family and take in the sights in and around Estes Park. There was so much to do and see that I couldn’t contain it all to one post and do it justice. Make sure you read all of our Colorado posts to get the full scope of our trip.
After a whirlwind day in the park, we took Thursday off and spent some time in downtown Estes Park. Friday we were back in the park with the goal to hike around Bear Lake, an easy but scenic area of the Rocky Mountain National Park. It turned out that everyone else in the general vicinity wanted to hike Bear Lake as well. I mentioned in a previous post about the area that tourism has been booming for the last several years. The park service had to add a shuttle system to get people from overflow parking to Bear Lake. When we pulled up to the main lot and saw how crowded the area was we scratched our plans and got out of there.
I was disappointed. I’ve heard a lot about Bear Lake from Tim and his family. I thought this would be a perfect kid level day. We started driving back the way we came and a few miles down the road saw a sign from Sprague Lake and decided to take our chances. The parking lot was nowhere near filled and that gave us hope.
We started across the bridge that led from the parking lot to the trail and met a couple headed out. “There’s a moose out there,” they told us. We hustled down the trail (I made have gone ahead of Tim and the kids) and sure enough there was a moose. A bull moose eating breakfast in the middle of the lake.
He was amazing! Moose are such awkward looking animals but this guy moved with a very lazy grace. We watched him for close to thirty minutes and at one point were no more than thirty yards away from; and again people were much closer. He finally moved away from the trail enough that we could pass by him and continue on our way.
The views in and around the lake are breathtaking. We had great views of several different peaks and the Continental Divide. The official trail is just a loop around the lake but there are off shoots and we took a few just to add some variety to our morning. We’re fairly certain these off shoot trails connect to other official trails nearby but the terrain got a little tricky for the kids so we didn’t go more than one hundred yards back before we turned around.
(I may have slipped and landed my foot in that stream.)
We completed the entire loop around the lake before lunch, stopped for a snack and then headed out. I’m so glad we didn’t end up at Bear Lake. Between the stunning moose sighting and just the openness and lack of people it was a perfect way to spend the morning.