We took a special little trip to Colorado this past week.
The date stamped in my Park Passport Book couldn't be any closer to my heart.
It was our 15th wedding anniversary!
Once we made it to Rocky Mountain National Park I could think of was Margaret and Edward Gehrke (More here from the National Park series). A childless couple from Nebraska who began traveling together to the national parks in 1915. Rocky Mountain National Park was their favorite. I had to choke back the tears. How could we be in this amazing place on our anniversary?
We did some hiking on the trails that were not already closed with snow.
It was blowing snow sideways when we arrived. So much for Pikes Peak.
That's okay. It was Colorado snow..
View across Bear Lake, RMNP.
My most favorite view: Moraine Park, RMNP.
We saw Elk, Mountain Goats, Mule Deer, beautiful Trout, and a pack of Coyotes. It was all I could do to get back in the car. I found myself thinking of this passage from Margaret Gehrke's diary:
Diary entry June 24, 1934: Sunday at Rose Den. The twilight hour is here: I look out to dark clouds on the mountain sides... Towards evening we have gotten our things together for quick packing in the morning. Our stay here in Rose-Den comes to an end. Will we come back again? I wonder.
I hope we get to go back again.