Nick is currently working near Longmont, CO so Friday we took advantage of him already being an hour north of our house and I met him up there so we could explore a different area of CO.  We took off and drove through the Poudre Canyon and enjoyed the beautiful scenery along highway 14.  At highway 103 (Laramie River Road) we headed north towards Wyoming border and found the Tunnel campground. We settled in for the night and on Saturday headed north for a drive and wanting to test Ferns capabilities off roading.  We found some great trails in the North Middle Mountain areas and around the Hohnholz Lakes. We almost wound our way to the other side to CO road 125. We headed back and made a fire to roast some brauts.  Sunday we packed up camp and headed out west on 14 to 125 at Walden. We the headed south towards Granby on Stillwater Pass Road, Forest Road 123. It was a great detour through National Forest and we stopped for lunch with a great view overlooking the town of Grand Lake.  After stopping in Grand Lake for ice cream, we headed into Rocky Mountain National Park. We took Trail Ridge Road through the park, stopping for bathrooms, pictures and small hikes.  Towards the end we found a great little pull off to make some coffee, sit, chat, and watch the wildlife.  We then made our way to Lyons, CO the home of Oscar Blues Brewery and Pub for dinner and beer.  What a great weekend!!

 

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The weekend of June 21-21 we decided to just camp for one night and then do a warm up hike in Rocky Mountain National Park.  My goal this summer is to hike a 14ner so we need to train and practice.  We headed northwest out of Longmont again and found some national forest right off of Highway 7 in Boulder county very close to the Wild Basin RMNP entrance.  We camped among some great rocks and cooked on the stove due to the fire bans.  Saturday morning after coffee and breakfast we packed up camp and headed to the hike.  I think we got to the trail head by about 9:30. Our goal was to get to Ouzel Lake which is almost 5 miles one way. There was quite a number of people on the trail heading up to Ouzel Falls, then it started to thin out.  We ate lunch at the Lake and enjoyed taking pictures the whole way.  Although after almost 10 miles we were both tired and a bit sore at the bottom.  Heading home for sleep in our bed felt great!

Here is a video of pictures from both weekends.

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