Post Trip Interview

Favorite hike Ellie: ┬áMy favorite hike was Mt. Ida because we’ve been trying to do this hike for so long and I felt so accomplished at the top. Zoe: I have two my first one is Mt Ida because of all the amazing views. Also the Fiery Furnace by ourselves because it was fun to […]

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Day 46: Omaha to Home

At the end of April I had a horrendous headache and the loss of clear vision. Understandably, this freaked my doctor out and I ended up spending a week in the hospital. I was diagnosed with optic neuritis, the swelling of the optic nerve. It was very treatable with steroids and, in and of itself, […]

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Day 45: Denver to Omaha

There isn’t much to write about. We simply drove from Denver to Omaha. We left the mountains and adventure behind us and headed toward home. We listened to over half of Edward Abbey’s “Desert Solitaire” and plan on finishing it tomorrow. That’s pretty much it. Hands down, the most boring day of the trip.

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Day 44: Denver

Today we traded the sounds of water rushing for a mass transit system. We traded the smells of ponderosa pine for city garbage. We traded beef jerky for gourmet doughnuts. We traded the views of mountains and deserts for skyscrapers and a bustling downtown. We traded scents of wild flowers for food trucks. We traded […]

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Day 42: Odessa Lake

Everything about today was backwards. We slept in. We ate a huge late breakfast out. We did “touristy” things in the morning. We didn’t begin hiking until 4:30. We ended our hike going downhill. Everything was mixed up. We have finally found perfect accommodations in Estes Park. This was our second year staying at Ponderosa […]

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Day 41: Mt. Ida

Last night, for the first time ever, Zak and I shared a tent, while the girls slept in the one right next to us. We were in a Rocky Mountain National Park campground and all felt comfortable with the idea of the girls being on their own. I know they envisioned hours of giggling and […]

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Day 39: Mount Sherman

Today was all about us girls. Zak sadly spent the day in the hotel room resting and recovering from whatever bug he caught. On the other hand, the girls and I were up at 4:30 and on the road well before 5:00. We had an hour and a half drive to the trailhead. There was […]

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