Colorado 2018 – Granby area in the Mighty Merc. – Day 5

Day 5 found us kid free for a bit as the kids headed off to a playground with Nana and Papa. So the wife and I had some time to hike a bit further than we usually can with kids strapped to our backs. So we grabbed a quick breakfast and ran up to the town of Grand Lake to grab some sunrise photos:
Sara L.: Day 5 - Tuesday &emdash;

Sara L.: Day 5 - Tuesday &emdash;

After that we rolled back into the park to see what we could see, hoping to catch some wildlife early in the morning:
Sara L.: Day 5 - Tuesday &emdash;

And we did, couple of Moose along the side of the road:
Sara L.: Day 5 - Tuesday &emdash;

We continued on to the historic site again where there was a large herd of Elk bedded down in the valley. My wife nearly inadvertently had close encounter with an Elk as we wandered around a bit. Even though we started out several acres away from the herd, two bucks started going at it, the less dominant one deiced to turn and burn which put him on a collision course with my wife. Thankfully he saw her before things got intense and stopped short about 30 feet from her.
Sara L.: Day 5 - Tuesday &emdash;

The Dominant buck:
Sara L.: Day 5 - Tuesday &emdash;

Sara L.: Day 5 - Tuesday &emdash;

The one that was headed towards my wife:
Sara L.: Day 5 - Tuesday &emdash;

So you can see the trail in the background of the above photo, that dude had cut us off during his flight. We wound up just kind of hanging out until he finished eating and mover further off into the park.

Once we got back to the truck, we went over to the North Inlet trail to hike up to the Cascade Falls to do a little longer hike without the kids. (Hey! I found one of my maps!):
Sara L.: Day 1 - Friday &emdash;

The aspens were really popping by this point in our trip:
Sara L.: Day 5 - Tuesday &emdash;

We had a horse escort for part of the hike:
Sara L.: Day 5 - Tuesday &emdash;

Sara L.: Day 5 - Tuesday &emdash;

Sara L.: Day 5 - Tuesday &emdash;

Sara L.: Day 5 - Tuesday &emdash;

The rest of the day was spent resting at the condo.

Next, Day 6

Colorado 2018 – Granby area in the Mighty Merc. – Day 4

The wife wanted to get some sunrise photos at Grand Lake before heading out to the trail we wanted to do. So we woke the kids up, stuffed them in the Merc, and rolled out getting to the lake just in time:
Sara L.: Day 4 - Monday &emdash;

Sara L.: Day 4 - Monday &emdash;

Sara L.: Day 4 - Monday &emdash;

The kids enjoyed playing around on the rocks while Mommy was taking her photos:
Sara L.: Day 4 - Monday &emdash;

While we were wandering back to the truck I asked my wife if she had been paying attention to the tracks in the mud.
“No, why?” was her response.
“Umm… maybe you should” :
Sara L.: Day 4 - Monday &emdash;
(That print was bigger than my fist for reference)

With the sun peaking out from behind the mountains:
Sara L.: Day 4 - Monday &emdash;

We headed to the next rail trail that we wanted to explore with the kids. The aspens were really starting to pop by this point as we started up Rollins Pass West:
Sara L.: Day 4 - Monday &emdash;

Sara L.: Day 4 - Monday &emdash;

Sara L.: Day 4 - Monday &emdash;

Sara L.: Day 4 - Monday &emdash;

Sara L.: Day 4 - Monday &emdash;

Sara L.: Day 4 - Monday &emdash;

Sara L.: Day 4 - Monday &emdash;

Sara L.: Day 4 - Monday &emdash;

When we got to the closed portion of the trail, we hopped out and backtracked a bit to walk across the old trestles:
Sara L.: Day 4 - Monday &emdash;

Sara L.: Day 4 - Monday &emdash;

Sara L.: Day 4 - Monday &emdash;

Heading back down the mountain:
Sara L.: Day 4 - Monday &emdash;

Sara L.: Day 4 - Monday &emdash;

The kids played in the woods for a bit while I aired up the tires:
Sara L.: Day 4 - Monday &emdash;

After dinner, we ran back into the park to watch the sunset:
Sara L.: Day 4 - Monday &emdash;

Sara L.: Day 4 - Monday &emdash;

Sara L.: Day 4 - Monday &emdash;

Next Up, Day 5

Colorado 2018 – Granby area in the Mighty Merc. – Day 3

Today was the day. The boy has been talking about “Riding the Train in Colorado” at the Georgetown Loop. He was doing research of sorts by watching Thomas, Polar Express, and any other train movie/show he can non-stop. To say that he was a ball of white hot excited energy was an understatement!

We started out by having breakfast at Sharkys Eatery in Fraser CO. We wound up here more of than not for breakfast since they opened early and were pretty reasonable:
Sara L.: Day 3 - Sunday &emdash;

After filling up on food, we made a quick stop at the pass:
Sara L.: Day 3 - Sunday &emdash;

And kept rolling down the hill to Georgetown where the kids were thoroughly enjoying themselves with all the train stuff:
Sara L.: Day 3 - Sunday &emdash;

The ride down the hill was interesting. I did not realize that the entire line was recreated from scratch:
Sara L.: Day 3 - Sunday &emdash;

They do a “Train Robbery” on the way down the hill which was interesting with the kids. Thankfully my son handled it well. My daughter decided that she didn’t want to hand over the money and promptly hid it under her dress when the robbers came through! She also had the gall to check to make sure the coin they gave her was real as she took it and tried to bend it in her mouth like they do in the old westerns:
Sara L.: Day 3 - Sunday &emdash;

Sara L.: Day 3 - Sunday &emdash;

Riding back up the hill ticked off a thing on my bucket list. I’ve always wanted to ride a steam train running full bore (preferably at speed). While this one wasn’t moving that quick, it was definitely working heading up hill with more cars than normal and a full load. It was pretty dang cool to hear it chugging as hard as it was:
Sara L.: Day 3 - Sunday &emdash;

Once we were done with the train ride, we ran over the hill through the Ike tunnel to drop the girls off on the other side:
Sara L.: Day 3 - Sunday &emdash;
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Once my wife and mom were at the outlet mall left to shop to their hearts content, Dad, the kids and myself headed out to the keystone area to goof off for a bit on the trail out there:
Sara L.: Day 3 - Sunday &emdash;

Sara L.: Day 3 - Sunday &emdash;

The trail crisscrossed several ski areas around Keystone, some of them looked like they would be quite a bit of fun:
Sara L.: Day 3 - Sunday &emdash;

Sara L.: Day 3 - Sunday &emdash;

We went all the way up to the top where the mining remains were:
Sara L.: Day 3 - Sunday &emdash;

Sara L.: Day 3 - Sunday &emdash;

And made the kids run around a bit to burn of some energy:
Sara L.: Day 3 - Sunday &emdash;

The view back down the hill wasn’t bad either:
Sara L.: Day 3 - Sunday &emdash;

Once we were back down to Silverton, we collected the girls and headed back to get some sunset photos around Grand Lake:
Sara L.: Day 3 - Sunday &emdash;

Sara L.: Day 3 - Sunday &emdash;

Sara L.: Day 3 - Sunday &emdash;

Sara L.: Day 3 - Sunday &emdash;

Onto Day 4