For our first day we decided to hike to the top of our first 14,000 foot peak. (or 14\’er if you want to talk like a local) We headed up the trail and started to fall behind Warren and Ernie because Sandra
Remember that stream we crossed earlier in our hike? Well we came across it again further up the trail and although it was much smaller it was much prettier at this elevation.
We decided to take
This was not an easy hike. Even though it was only 3 miles we were climbing nearly 4,000 feet, but with each turn the view just got better.
We planned on camping above tree line and we could tell
We arrived at the trailhead just after 9:00 am and packed everything that was staying behind in the trunk. We also “trashed” the car, leaving used coffee cups on the dash and other trash visible inside
We were driving around Leadville when we discovered the coolest fence anyone could ever have!
And what a great background for a self portrait!
We also stopped by the Ranger Station to
We checked into our hotel in Leadville and broke out our hiking gear. This is when Ernie goes to work, picking out the stuff that you get to leave behind. Our goal was 25 pounds of gear per person and
We met up with everyone at the Denver Airport. Sandra\’s Dad Warren and Uncle Ernie were both flying in to join us for a backpacking trip and lucky for us, her Cousin Mike was bringing his wife Marianna
Since Chris mentioned the GPS update I wanted to mention something I read in the recent issue of Travel and Leisure – the June 2010 issue. It said that a lot of tourists are getting tickets throughout
We felt like we were on a treasure hunt, or maybe something right out of Indiana Jones. The massive rock formation shot right out of the desert floor and we had no idea where we were going to find an arch
We headed up the trail to Landscape Arch, it was early and there were not many people on the trail which was nice. It was a long walk down the trail before we found the Arch but it was well worth the effort,
We woke up early so we could go hunt down some arches, we found out yesterday that the arches are often a long hike from the main road and we wanted to see as many as possible before we had to leave. The
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After our long hike back to the car from delicate arch we started to notice that Arches National Park is just as incredible at night as it is in the day time.
So we decided to have a little fun with
We made it to Arches National Park around 7:45pm and drove all the way to the back of the park to the campground where we hunted down our campsite.
The funny thing was that we didn\’t see any arches
We had one more National Park to visit before we headed back to Denver where we would get to sleep in an actual bed! We had been camping for a while and the National Parks were not exactly close together
Our next stop on the National Park tour was Capitol Reef National Park, not a place that you may have heard of but a place that is full of American history.
We took a break to stretch our legs and
We got up early and watched the ship come into the port of Miami. Then we headed up to the breakfast buffet one last time. Our trip off of the ship was pretty easy as well, this was the first time we chose
We had at great time a our last dinner with all of our new friends at our table. In fact we all decided to meet at the Schooner Bar after dinner to hang out and share more stories. We were all dog people
The last day of our trip and it\’s another sea day. We are finally sick of the breakfast buffet and it\’s because we are ready to get back to a reasonable sized breakfast. We headed to the track and the
We walked around the port area for a while after returning from out tour. The best part about being in Grand Cayman is you can buy Tortuga Rum and the best part about buying liquor at this port is that