Plan A Family Adventure Day

Every once in awhile, we sneak off together as a family and have a “Family Adventure Day”.  We pack a snack bag and the cooler.  Gather some gear – making sure to bring lots of water, SPF, bug spray, and a variety of clothing layers and hats.  Then we load up the car with backpacks, baby carriers, (sometimes) fishing poles, and the family dog … and head out with a rough idea of a destination. While Family Adventure Day typically involves a brief road trip at the beginning and end, we try to keep it less than 2 hours travel time each way.  And unlike other road trips of varying duration, we leave the portable electronic entertainment at home. These brief journeys are about looking out of the car windows and enjoying the scenery, trying to spot wildlife, or a particularly nice view.  Just like the good old days when we were kids.  Ideally, the journey is part of the adventure itself! Stick With It I'll admit, Family Adventure Day sometimes starts out a little rocky, with … [Read more...]

Spotting Wildlife in Rocky Mountain National Park

We recently got to spend the weekend at Rocky Mountain National Park.  You can often get good deals on condo rentals in the winter there, since not having a ski area nearby makes it their off season. And if you haven't hot tubbed outside, in the snow, in winter... you are missing out.  Make sure you book one with a hot tub! This is a majestic and beautiful area, and my favorite part is getting to see lots of elk. Spotting wildlife is one of my favorite aspects of being in the wilderness. Elk are so prevalent in this area, that you often see them strolling around the nearby town of Estes Park. Here are the best shots of the closest ones we saw, sitting right nearby the road.   In the words on my dad, these are "about as big as they get"!   Some of the roads are closed in Rocky Mountain National Park during the winter. But we were able to make our way to frozen Bear Lake, just as the winds and snow were picking up, for a blustery adventure and … [Read more...]