It worked out where I had Tuesday FREE, and decided to hop in the car and get a short road trip under my belt. Getting up to the mountains and enjoying the sheer beauty was in order.
I drove I-70, and looked for the bison, but they weren't out, DRATS. Took the exit to Black Hawk, only because it was time to stop. Did not gamble, but walked a bit down the streets. Followed the Scenic Byway (Colorado Named) up to Estes Park. I brought my senior pass so I could get into the Rocky Mountain National Park. Effective 5/27, you will need reservations, but yesterday did not.
As soon as I got into the park, the dark clouds rolled in, temperatures dropped to around 60 degrees, and started sprinkling. Did not dampen my spirits, as soon as I entered the park, there were a few elk in the meadows. Wasn't long, and all the cars stopping along the side of a road usually indicate they found something. There was a large moose laying in the foliage eating. It was hiding pretty good within the bushes but was a BIG moose. Again, not much further, another moose out in the meadow so was easy to photograph. No bears but felt it had been a pretty good day.
Took Trail Ridge Road for a while, to see how much snow was left on the road, but was told it was closed going into Granby, so went halfway up, and turned around. For you all that haven't ever driven on Trail Ridge Road - the crews work hard at getting that road clear by end of May, but we have not had as much snow this year, and was only about 3-4 feet on the side of the road.
On the way back, in Lyons I saw this bridge, and looked rather cool.
Was over an 8-hour day, and almost 250 miles, sure felt good to be back in the car!