Day 2

Whew! What a day! It started with a quick four hour drive into Rocky Mountain National Park. We found our way to Bear Lake and completed a nice hike to Emerald Lake. I keep telling the girls to write about “small moments” on this blog, but I can’t possibly follow that direction myself. The moments followed one after another.

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There was the time Zoe slipped on a snow bank, landed on her rear in a muddy puddle, and stumbled up laughing. I lost my balance when she went down and fell down a few feet of the snowy hill too. We laughed so hard.

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There was our fearless leader Ellie. She led a lot of the hike, constantly shouting advice back to the rest of us. “Watch out for the puddle.” “Big rock on the right.” “Be careful on this part.”

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There was the picnic of cheeses and meats at the edge of Dream Lake. What a dream that was. The mountains as the backdrop. The snow capped peaks surrounding us. The twizzlers for dessert.

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There was Ellie discovering an ant colony unlike anyone I’d ever seen. Then going into great detail about how they were all working together. I didn’t know she knew so much about ants!

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There was glancing at Zak, seeing him so happy, so content, so at home, and at peace.

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There were elk! And cool birds!

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There was so much beauty. We were so focused on our footing that we would often look up and our breath would be taken away by the beauty.

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There was our exhausted clan finding a dive bar in Estes and ordering pizza from a few blocks down to be delivered right to our table in the bar.

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Then there was this too.

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