Friday, September 26, 2008

Estes Park, CO

This turned out to be the final camping trip of the season. The days are getting shorter and colder, but the Fall colors are peaking, and the aspens are ablaze across the mountainsides. It is my very favorite time of the year. The air is crisp, and the sky seems to turn an even more brilliant blue than normal. It is also the time that the bull elk begin to bugle during their Fall rut. Their eerie calls echo across the valleys at dusk, and the bulls can often be seen fighting each other and competing for mates. It is a great time to visit Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP) and take in these sights and more.

We stayed a second time at the Spruce Lake RV resort in Estes Park. It is a well equipped facility with full hookups, hot clean showers, a fishing lake, and convenient access to town and RMNP. Estes Park continues to be a great destination for us. There are many camping options, and the drive up through Big Thompson Canyon offers dramatic views of red canyon walls and scenic vistas from the highway.

On Saturday we drove into the park and headed to the top of Trail Ridge Road (the highest continuously paved highway in the U.S.) where it began to snow for a short while. So we headed back after making a pit stop at the visitor center. We ended up eating Dominoes take out in the camper for dinner that night. I don't know why it seems like such a fun novelty to eat pizza in a camper, but we always seem to enjoy that as much as going out. We also sat in on a very interesting glass blowing demo that evening at a local glass shop. That is one reason we like Estes Park so much. It seems like we are always discovering something new when we visit.

We packed up on Sunday, and after returning home, we rented an air compressor to blow out all the water lines and to winterize the Bambi for the upcoming winter. It was such a beautiful weekend and a great way to cap off another camping season. We sure enjoy camping in the Airstream and look forward to next season!