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Hiking With Kids: Rocky Mountain National Park!

Hiking With Kids: Rocky Mountain National Park!

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Happy Wednesday, folks! Thank you so much for being here and allowing me to share a ton of photos with you! You'll have to forgive the overload because it's been too long since we've been able to get outdoors as a family--once school started, our hiking adventures came to a grinding halt. As a result, I *may* have gotten a little carried away with my camera, but I simply couldn't help myself. Hiking with kids around Rocky Mountain National Park was so dang fun and I can't help but attempt to capture that with my Nikon (and my iPhone and my camcorder and...). Plus, the last time we were there, Joy was floating around in my tummy! 

This is my long-winded way of saying there's lots to see so grab a cup of tea and get comfy, m'kay? Alrighty, let's get into it!

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Not sure if you know this, but I'm a big fan of scary movies. This particular predilection doesn't make a whole lot of sense because I scare easily and have an active imagination, but what can you do? At this point, I just go with it. Anyway, my husband and I watched The Shining for the umpteenth time last week, so it was a treat to stop at The Stanley Hotel on the way to Rocky Mountain National Park. The hotel served as Stephen King's inspiration for the Overlook Hotel in The Shining, and it's easy to see why. It is absolutely gorgeous and just a touch creepy. I'd love to stay there overnight, but hubby nixed that idea, perhaps because The Stanley is reportedly haunted...

After arriving at the park, we proceeded to fuel up before embarking on our hike. We love food, so you know we had to bring out the good stuff. My husband outdid himself, I have to say. Everything you see came from Trader Joe's, but it looks kinda fancy, doesn't it? 

Once we'd cleaned up, we drove toward Cub Lake Trail; on the way we saw this magnificent herd of elk. Of course, we had to stop, get out, gawk, gush, and take wayyyy too many pictures. We bought the boys each a set of binoculars, but they didn't really need them as were almost close enough to touch! How cool is that?!

If you're wondering why our kids are bundled up like it's wintertime, it's because we're from Phoenix; anything below 60°F is cold to us, lol! 

We didn't even realize she was asleep until one of the boys needed to stop for a potty break! Even after coming down off my husband's shoulders, she slept the entire journey back to the car. 

After exiting Rocky Mountain National Park, we weren't quite ready to leave Estes Park altogether, so we stopped for a quick visit to

Lake Estes Marina

and I am so glad we did! Not only did we get to hear the elk bugling, but we were able to see them swim and emerge from the water just a few steps from where we were standing! I managed to get video footage of it,

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We had such a wonderful day hiking with the kids at Rocky Mountain National Park and watching the elk hang out the marina. There is so much beauty in Colorado; some days, I have to pinch myself because I cannot believe the dream of living here has come true. 

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