Sunday, July 30, 2017
Rocky Mountain National Park
Yesterday I traveled to the Rocky Mountain National Park to enjoy a hike. The overall drive time was 5 hours, but my hiking time only amounted to 3 hours. My typical measure of recreational efficiency is that I should spend as much time recreating as I do traveling. Therefore, I need to arrive earlier next time and get in five hours of hiking (or drive to the park like a maniac).
The park was so full of tourists that no more cars were allowed in. Therefore, I took a shuttle to a park-and-ride depot and then a second shuttle to the Bear Lake trail head.
Here is a map of the day's itinerary.
Bear Lake is a favorite of older tourists -- a maximum of scenery in an easy half mile walk around the lake on a well-maintained trail.
I then headed to Nymph Lake. I saw no nymphs -- neither insects nor mythological deities. But the lake itself was lovely. Here is a section of the lake covered by pond lilies.
Next I walked about a mile to Hiayaha Lake. My brochure said nothing about a treacherous field of boulders on the way to this lake. Some of the boulders were the size of a car; others the size of
a washing machine. I gingerly made my way over and around these obstacles and was rewarded with the sight of a splendid lake with emerald water.
I highly recommend a visit to this wonderful national park.