Tuesday, August 10, 2010
To the High Country!
Perfect day to hit the high country. Mostly clear to puffy-white-cloud partly cloudy skies. The views should be spectacular. And that was the plan.
After breakfast and cleanup, we stopped once again at the trash facilities and filled our hydration bladders, and piled back into the car and headed for Trail Ridge Road -- IMHO one of the Park's greatest human-enhancements to the park. Not that the road doesn't mar the view, but the road allows so many who can't or won't climb to the heights necessary to see the part of the world I call "God's Country" -- the land above the tree line - to go there and see it anyway.
A man told me he'd been over the road in the spring and the Alpine Visitor's Center. was completely covered in snow and that he in fact had walked on the snow over the top of it. It's not a tiny structure, either -- One of the rangers at the store was telling a tourist that the top of the two storey window facing the valley (away from the parking lot) was visible in early June, and the whole thing wasn't clear until mid to late July. We were there in early to mid August, and there was little snow to be seen anywhere.
Eventually we walked back down to the car and hopped in, timing it just perfectly to be let through by the traffic lady. I asked what the kids wanted to do on the way down, and Cassie immediately piped up that she wanted to get completely wet in the Big Thompson River. She'd been obsessed with this since she got to wade in it on Sunday and saw the other kids swimming in it.