National Parks are my home away from home. They’re a perfect opportunity for me to stretch my legs, hone my amateur photography skills (make sure to check out my pictures from Big Bend National Park too), and tune out the never-ending chatter of technology. As parks go, it’s no secret that Rocky Mountain National Park is a beautiful place. Both Tara and I rank it high on our favorite spots, and for good reason! How can you say no to fresh mountain air and views like these?
Tara used to have the good fortune of mountains in her backyard when she lived in the Denver area and I, of course, took full advantage of this and flew out to visit her as much as possible. Alas, when she finished up her paleontology degree it was off to Texas, land of the flat, and our opportunities to see mountains greatly diminished.
Neither of us have seen mountains recently, but we’ve certainly been feeling the pull. There is something truly magnetic about these beautiful landscapes, and some of them harbor personal challenges in the making.
See that itty bitty dip in the rock face, all the way to the left? That’s the Keyhole, one of the more treacherous portions of the Long’s Peak hiking trail. While a bit of a pipe dream, I would love to hike it one day. Presuming I don’t get blown off due to the extreme winds. While I’m dreaming these dreams, though, I can always enjoy some of the local wildlife.
And at the end of a long day, there are some spectacular sunsets to witness on the way back to camp.
Do you have a favorite spot that you default to when you go on adventures? What do you love about it that makes you keep going back?
Looking for more national park inspiration? Check out Frank About Croatia’s post on Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia!
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