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Sep 21, 2017 - RMNP

We woke up this morning and saw a bull elk and 4 of his harem 25 yards away from the camper. Some other campers walked over near them and they bolted for the woods. We left Timber Creek and continued on the Trail Ridge Rd towards Estes Park. This is one of the most spectacular drives we've driven. We parked at the Alpine ctr and it was about 40 with big winds blowing. You could see elk down in the valley and fresh snow on the far peaks. This was at 12,000 ft so the chill factor was probably in the 30s. We continued on to I70 to head east....

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Sep 20, 2017 - Rocky MTN National Park

We drove up to RMNP today since the aspen are turning and we're not quite ready to get on I70 and head home. Boy are we glad we came up here. We drove into the Timber Creek campground and while looking for a site, we saw 3 moose only 50 yards from someone's tent site. The campground used to be forested but the pine beetle invasion caused them to have to cut most of the trees out. There is still a lot of brush and a stream behind the campground. As we set out our chairs, an elk and 3 young ones walked out of the brush and into the...

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Sep 16, 2014 - Craig to Grand Lake, CO

September 16, 2014 Today was glorious with clear skies, golden aspens, green pines and temperatures in the 70’s. Left camp by 8:00 heading east to Steamboat Springs and the Creekside Café for breakfast. Arrived by 9:00 and didn’t have to wait as you normally would for this popular breakfast place. By the time we left the cafe was full including the patio. I had mozzarella and tomato eggs benedict and Bob had the hash with biscuit and fresh marionberry jam. Delicious! We walked from one of the town to the other visiting all of the season...

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Sep 6, 2014 - The countdown begins

We are all madly packing, getting the yards ready for fall, and the houses (Binkleys and Crosbys) ready for our 4-week absence. Off to Denver on Monday with flights to Atlanta on Tuesday and arriving in Cuiabá, Mato Grosso, Brazil on Wednesday. See our maps and itinerary if you are getting as excited for this trip as we are!

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Brazilian "Safari"

Jun 6, 2014 - Monarch Lake

We have been checking out all the lakes and great fishing places around town. Jerry can’t wait for Sammy to get here and start fishing with him. There are several huge lakes in the area, but we kept hearing about a special one way called Monarch Lake. Monarch Lake is located in Arapaho National Forest just outside Rocky Mountain National Park. Although there are no campgrounds, no swimming beaches and no motorized craft allowed on Monarch Lake, the 140-acre reservoir is considered one of the most desirable destinations in the area. The...

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Jun 3, 2014 - Grand Lake, Colorado

We left Craig early this morning and drove about 150 miles to Grand Lake, Colorado. We had to drive over two passes, Rabbit Ears and Muddy Pass. We just took them slow and easy and everything went fine. We also stopped at a tire place on the way and had the air in our RV tires checked. This is something we can easily forget to do. Jerry was talking to a friend we met in Craig that works for Continental Tires, he told Jerry to bring the RV in and he would check them, he didn’t even charge us anything for crawling under the RV and filling...

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May 5, 2014 - Grand Lake & More

We had one of those “wowser” days today. We drove to Grand Lake, Colorado to check out campgrounds in the area. Vickie and Sammy will be joining us in the area in about a month. We wanted to see the campgrounds in person so we know exactly what we are reserving. Our drive took us through some of the most beautiful parts of Colorado. We climbed to the Rabbit Ears Summit at over 9,000 feet plus Muddy Pass and the Continental Divide. We drove through beautiful Steamboat Springs, Colorado. I have already told Jerry that’s where I want to go for...

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Feb 20, 2014 - Heading to Denver

Due to deteriorating weather, Dave and I decided to head to Denver earlier than planned. I opted not to attend the Women's Club meeting. We had to pack both vehicles as Dave would be heading to Colorado Springs to officiate a track meet after this trip. Fortunately we had no difficulties going over Berthoud Pass this time. (We have had problems several other times this winter.). Rush hour in Denver as usual but made it to our hotel near DIA in time to have a nice dinner with Erin and her beau, Ben.

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Feb 20, 2014 - Getting ready

Today we head to Denver as tomorrow we will take a quick trip to Chena Hot Springs 60 miles out of Fairbanks, Alaska. Our hope is to see the Aurora Borealis with added adventures such as lots of soaking in the outdoor hot springs, a dog sled ride, tour their geothermal facilities, greenhouse (they grow all their own produce), and the Ice Museum. We will return to Denver next Wednesday, February 26.

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Dec 23, 2013 - Now we really know we're home

After spending 10 weeks watching birds and other wildlife, the show continues at home with the repeated visit by mama moose and her calf. This time of year they're looking for anything fibrous to eat. Spilled bird seed and shrubs are items on their diet.

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Dec 22, 2013 - Trip statistics

Trip statistics Flights = 27 (including 2 via helicopter) Hotel/motel/cabin rooms = Australia 22 + New Zealand 15 = Total of 37 Rental cars = 4 Miles driven = about 2500 Boat rides = 19 Bird species seen = Australia 309 + New Zealand 97 Caveat: we do not at this time know how many were "life birds" as some may have been seen in other countries including the US.

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Dec 20, 2013 - Marilyn’s random impressions of New Zealand

Marilyn’s random impressions of New Zealand 1. New Zealand is spectacularly beautiful from north to south and from shore to shore. We were amazed to see very little to no trash on roadsides, walking tracks, viewpoints, etc. What great national pride. 2. The people of New Zealand are very friendly and helpful. They made us want to return to their beautiful country. 3. There seems to be a very large middle class. We saw almost no poverty and only a few very large homes. 4. Much of the land has been cleared for animal grazing, one of the...

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