We went to the Rocky Mountain National Park, it was lots of fun. We went with some friends. The first day we got our Junior Ranger program and went on a 2 hour drive. Before we went on our two hour drive we went to the Junior Ranger Headquarters. I thought it was cool that they are so dedicated to the Junior Ranger Program. While there they had a special program that happens every Tuesday. This week was Feathered Friends. We learned lots of things about birds and got to do lots of activities. My favorite activities were making a nest like a bird and measuring my wing span. I ended up being a owl.
Going back to the two hour drive. We saw lots of beautiful places. The first place we stopped was a lookout. We saw 4 Marmots at Iceberg pass. They were cute. Two started playing with each other and the other two were posing for pictures. The mountains were very pretty, they had snow on the top of them. It was also very windy. It was so windy that my hair was standing up. Our next stop was the Alpine Visitor center. They had a humongous store. Then we went to the top of another mountain the elevation was very high. I also counted 247 up stairs.
As we continued to drive, we decided to stop on the side of the road for lunch. There were lots of mosquitos. We also saw a few pretty birds. Then we got back on the road and stopped at Beaver Pond. It was a big disappointment because we didn’t see any beavers. But we did see at least 3 moose the cool part about that is it ended up walking in the river. Also do not expect to see a bear if you ever go there because there are only 21 bears in the park.
A ranger told us the best place to see a beaver is Sprague Lake. We also stopped at the Dude ranch and saw the houses. We got a guided tour through the main house. I learned that the Dude ranch was owned by Mama, Papa, and Johnny. I also learned it is very hard working at a ranch. One of the activities they had there was trying to lasso a fake cow. My dad tried and instead of lassoing the cow he broke the wood cow. The head came off – we all laughed!
So as we kept going we stopped at the 3rd visitor center. They had a memorial center for a ranger who died doing their job. It was a very nice memorial. That was the end of the first part but we still had to drive back. On are way back we saw big horn sheep. I think that was the coolest part of our trip. We got out of the car and took pictures. Mom saw the two boys butting heads. The Ranger told us that it is very rare that they butt heads at this time of year.
The next day we went on a hike. We hiked to the top of twin sisters. It is a 7 1/2 mile round trip hike. It was up hill the whole time. The elevation gain was 2475 (ending at 9090 feet). Due to the mud slide of 2013, it was harder getting up because the mud slide took out all the switch backs out. When we got a little ways from the mud slide we saw a squirrel. This was no ordinary squirrel. It had no tail. We decided to watch it a bit. We figured out that it kept going back and forth on the ground. It was getting food from another squirrels burrow. Then when it was about to get more food it was chased out by another squirrel. The squirrel with a tail was chasing it all around. Finally it gave up.
We decided to name the squirrel with no tail “Hopper” because it kept hopping because it had no tail and we named the other squirrel “Grumpy.” We named it Grumpy because the squirrel was not happy about Hopper stealing her food. On are way up the trees were very beautiful. They reminded me of the movie Narnia. Once we reached the top we saw two law enforcement rangers. We took a few pictures and then hiked to the peak. When we got there we ate lunch (Bobo bar – because they are the best!) and took a few pictures. We saw some dark clouds coming in so we had to leave. It was very pretty at the top though and you could see the whole city up there an mountains. The rest of the hike was easy. It was all down hill. Once we finished we went to our hotel and ate our
Wicked Good Cupcakes. I had a sea salt caramel cupcake.
After that we went to the last visitor center. They also had a big store. They also had a section where they showed us things that they used back then and the things they use today. For example the showed us Ranger clothes back then and then showed us clothing today. Then we went home and went to bed.
The next day, our last day we went on a 6 mile hike to Cub Lake. It was a pretty lake with lots of lily pads. The hike is a loop. When we went there had been a fire so there were almost no trees. We also saw a big herd of elk. The elk were super close. They were so close that they were on our trail. We even saw a baby. They also made a lot of noise. A little while later we saw lots of flowers. On our way back we hiked by the river. As we were walking we saw beaver work (there were a bunch of trees with beaver marks on them). We were still disappointed that we did not see any beavers. My trip ended getting my badge. So that is my totally cool trip to the Rocky Mountains.
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