Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Rocky Mountain National Park

A few weeks ago, I went on my annual business trip to an industry conference. The last few years, the conference has been located in areas without much to see or do. This year, however, the conference was located between Denver and Boulder, Colorado.

While there, I maneuvered us to a few dining establishments I can heartily recommend. On the higher end, for good steak and a very nice selection of beers made on location, visit the Chophouse in Denver or Boulder. Nearby is the Wynkoop Brewery, Denver's first brew pub (try Patti's chili beer, Railyard ale, and the stout)!

Whereas the eating was good, the highlight of the trip was the extra day spent visiting Rocky Mountain National Park. The main road which traverses the park from one side of the continental divide to the other is called the Trail Ridge Road, and is the highest continuously paved road in the US. At it's highest point, we were well over 12,000 feet and above the treeline in the tundra environment.

While there, we saw a bit of wildlife, including marmots, mule deer, and elk.

We drove to the continental divide, and took the obligatory touristy picture, and then made our way back to the airport.

Upon arrival at the airport, we discovered that our plane was delayed. Once the plane finally arrived, another pilot had to be found, and we ended up arriving back home at around 3:30 AM. Good times! Peter's kindergarten graduation was that same day, so there was no rest for the wicked...

Too see more pictures, please visit the album.


  1. Beautiful pictures of a gorgeous piece of the U.S. Nicely done!

    My mother's mother lived in Lake George, which is fairly close to Colorado Springs. When I was a kid, the family'd visit there once in a while, waking up to bighorns in the back yard, a creek (pronounced "crick" out there) with fish in it... Ahhh.

    And congrats to Peter!!

  2. Looks like fun.

    Those online picasa/google albums are pretty easy/nice eh?

  3. Yup - not too shabby. I was hesitant to use them at first, as there is only 1 gig of free storage. However, when I upload the pics from Picasa, I am just specifying a lower resolution.

  4. Brant,

    It just so happens that we'll be fishing in a crick next week, as our family goes on a camping vacation to the Sierras. I'm looking forward to it very much!