Rocky Mountain National Park
We seem to keep hitting snow on our recent trips. For some reason, S didn't get enough snow over our last hellish winter and was more than excited to see snow again (???). Actually, although Rocky Mountain National Park was colder than the early summer we left behind, its temperatures hovered in the mid 40's- mid 50's....very manageable. Hitting the trailhead for Bear Lake, we were confronted with 3 feet of packed, frozen snow/ice. I shudder to think of how much snow there must have been over the winter, seeing that we were visiting in mid/late May. After slipping and sliding for awhile, our reward, Bear Lake:
We wandered further along the trail and arrived at Nymph Lake. We ice-bathed. There's nothing like solitude and an icy lake on a sunny day!
In the afternoon, we headed down to a lower elevation, where - to our surprise - Sprague Lake (first photo) was 100% thawed.
We also stayed at wonderful McGregor Lodge, which hosts regular Elk visitors. This is Brat. He is recognizable by his mangled left ear.
Afterwards, we packed our bags and headed to sunny Phoenix for my brother's wedding....
As bride and groom delicately danced their first dance, the flash of my brother's wedding band caught my eye. Tears instantly filled my eyes as I realized how he has grown and become such a truly special young man, alongside his beautiful wife. It seems like just yesterday, we were pretending to be fishermen on our bunk bed "ship", with our stuffed animal passengers. And it seems like just yesterday that we danced like crazy people to Jock Jams, blasting from our 1990's boom box.
I could not imagine a better brother and sister-in-law, two people who deeply value love, family, and the simple things in life. I know we'll always be there for each other. And To N/R, I love you both so much and can't wait to see what excitement the next couple of years brings for you both. Even though you'll be a flight away, I know we'll always be close. I'm looking forward to continuing to grow with you both as the years fly by.