A Day in the Rockies 

Something that I love to do is spend time outdoors and experience new places. I love hiking and when the opportunity came to visit Rocky Mountain National Park, I was definitely willing. This summer, Alex, my co-worker and friend Malinda, and I went to the park for the day. It was perfect weather and wasn’t too busy for going in the summer. Malinda had already been there before which helped Alex and I spend more time enjoying the park and less time figuring out where to go. We ended up hiking a great beginner trail called Bear Lake.

This trail was great because it was moderate in difficulty and the views were so beautiful. This photo above was one of the first real spots for a lookout and I love that you can see where the tree line begins. The high cliffs at the top are called 14’ers here in Colorado which means they are 14,000 feet high. I have yet to do one but need to make a plan to give them a go. Rocky Mountain National Park is at about 9,000-10,000 feet high in elevation and I was definitely feeling it!

The Bear Lake trailhead follows along 4 lakes.

Bear Lake: which is right at the entrance

Nymph Lake: which I do not have pictured but was quite cute in that it had a bunch of lily pads floating on top of it

Dream Lake: this lake is pictured above and I just loved how beautifully done the trailhead was so we were able to walk right alongside it.

And Lastly,

Emerald Lake: this lake marked the end of the trail where we stopped to eat our lunch.

I love how in the middle of the summer there is still snow all around. Gotta love the mountains! ha. In fact, there were parts of the hike where we had to walk along huge mounds of snow. I had never hiked in snow before so it was a pretty cool experience. I’m glad I brought my nice hiking boots with me!

Also, all the wildflowers here in Colorado are just beautiful! It is amazing how many wild sunflowers I see as I am driving along the highway! Such a beautiful sight!

I hope you guys enjoyed this peek into what I like to do for fun! Hope you are all having a great week so far and make sure to get outside and get some fresh air before summer is over! I swear the seasons are flying by so fast I can barely keep up!

Let me know in the comments what you like to do outside for some fun!


  1. RAM
    July 29, 2017 / 8:06 pm

    Looks like a spectacular place to spend the day hiking and enjoying lunch…so serene and beautiful.

  2. Angela Manuian-Cronin
    July 29, 2017 / 10:43 pm

    My fun Taylor is not playing in the snow.. Never was my thing, but I have to say your hike in the snow was beautiful… My outdoor fun is as you know GOLF… When the weather is cool, and just a breeze, that is my day to hit the ball down the fairway which is green, trees some in bloom and some in the way of my shot, Ha!!! Then there is the traps, white sand, like making it at the beach.. There are flowers here and there, just to admire… After 9 holes there is lunch in the pro restaurant, talk about our games, laugh at some holes… Also taking a look at the Pro Shop to see if there is anything new in clothes, clubs, and balls.. Well not a far cry from your trip in the mountains, but a little warmer, and no SNOW, Ha!!!Angela!!!

  3. Kay
    July 30, 2017 / 12:11 pm

    I, too, love the mountains. As a young girl I grew up in the Wasatch Mountains around Ogden, Utah. The sights when driving through Ogden or Weber Canyon were amazing. In the summer the family would drive up to Jackson, Wyoming and enjoy the Tetons. Dad kept his boat on Jackson Lake and we would go out fishing…Oh, how I miss those times.

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