The folks have been trying to get to Rocky Mountains National Park since 2003. In 2003, they got to the gate and were told the park was closed due to snow. This was in October of 2003. Did you see the movie Vacation? John Candy was in it and played the park ranger who told them the park was closed. The park ranger who spoke to my folks looked just like John Candy and said the same thing " Sorry, folks, the park is closed." Mom and Dad still laugh when they tell that story. They tried again in April of 2015 to go to the park and once again, it was closed due to snow. Finally, we made it into the park. The folks were a little disappointed. We saw elk, chimpmunks and a female moose. She was way out in a field and Mom didn't get a a picture. They really wanted to see a bull moose.
One recommendation that Mom has is using an app called GyPSy Guide. You download the tour that you want on your phone and then it will play on your car speakers. The guide follows you like a GPS and when you approach certain areas, it automatically plays. The guide tells you interesting tidbits but he also helps you know where to turn and which lane to be in. Dad didn't think he would like it, but he really liked it and they are going to purchase tours for the Utah parks that we are going to see.
We purchased the America The Beautiful pass for $80. This gets us into all the parks for the next year. It was $25 a day to get into Rocky Mountain National Park and we went three days, so we almost paid for it just here. We have several more parks to visit on this trip.
Okay, are you read to see some photos? There was a lot of smoke due to fires so the views were not as good as they could have been. The last day we were there, it was cloudy.
|This is at Bear Lake.|
|This is Huffer's Hill. It is 1/2 mile up the hill. It is 2 miles above sea level. The folks made is halfway.|
|Me and Dad|