Rocky Mountain High, Colorado!!



Folk Singer John Denver and Mike Taylor described in their lyrics the beautiful and majestic towering rocks of aspens and pines “Rocky Mountain High” which is one of the two official state songs of Colorado recorded in 1972; we can see why!


“But the Colorado Rocky Mountain high, I’ve seen it rainin’ fire in the sky.
The shadow from the starlight is softer than a lullaby.
Rocky Mountain high (Colorado)!  Rocky Mountain high (high in Colorado)!


This past August (2015), our travels we followed the sun to where it rests on the other side; west from Nebraska to “Colorful Colorado’ to see the Rockies.  We’ve been there before a few years ago, but just to pass through so we didn’t really get to feel the real sense of the beauty of these monstrous mounds.  Our re-visit was outstanding; taking the whole day driving through Rocky Mountain National Park and Estes Park.  We started early, leaving our campground in Golden in the morning.  We grabbed our jackets as we knew it was going to be a tad chilly up on the summits. Being East Coasters, we thought our beloved Appalacians were big however, the Rockies are ginormous!!  So big, there was still snow on some of them in August.  Before we went through the park, we made sure we got our National Park Passport stamped.  




 “He climbed cathedral mountains, he saw silver clouds below,
He saw everything as far as you can see.
And they say that he got crazy once and he tried to touch the sun,
And he lost a friend but kept the memory….”


Once we finished there, we slowly drove our way through the park.  The further up we went, the views became more spectacular.  We have to note that the day we went, the park wasn’t so busy.  We like it that way so we can get spectacular photos.  Periodically, we ran into a couple of folks whom we traded opportunities to get themselves in their photos; likewise for us.




This blog entry is going to be more photos because, well, a picture truly IS worth a thousand words.   So enjoy our day trip to Rocky Mountain National Park!!



Now he walks in quiet solitude,  the forests and the streams,
Seeking grace in every step he takes.
His sight has turned himself to try and understand
The serenity of a clear blue mountain lake…”

And the Colorado Moutain high,
I’ve seen it rainin’ fire in the sky.
Talk to God and listen to the casual reply,
Rocky Moutain High…high in Colorado!
Rocky Moutain High…high in Colorado!”





We stopped at a scenic overlook and made a new friend!  He practically jumped in our laps looking for peanuts.  Evidentally, he’s been fed before (not good!).






Our tummies were grumbling just in time to stop for lunch at the summit restaurant and visitor center.  We had to laugh because all of the bags of chips looked like they were ready to explode because of the altitude.  Luckily, ours didn’t.  







It was also time to put our jackets on when we got back to the truck.  The thermometer read 32 degrees and it was a tad bit windy.  Oh yes, we also were beginning to lose our breaths, feeling lightheaded and getting slight headaches.  But all of that was forgotten because of the once-in-a-lifetime views of the majestic rock towers.



And the Colorado Moutain high,

I’ve seen it rainin’ fire in the sky.
I know he’d be a poorer man if he never saw an eagle fly!
Rocky Mountain high!”

These were Lava Cliffs from a volcanic explosion that took place 12 miles away 28 million years ago.
Just some photos that don’t need captions.

Last but not least, at the other end of the Rocky Mountain National Park stood another information building.  There was a beautiful memory garden that honored the memory of National Park Rangers who lost their lives while on duty.  We close with this.  While we enjoy traveling our great Country and having privilege of visiting our National Parks, we give deep-hearted thanks to all of those who maintain our National Parks, fight fires, forestry preserve, wildlife management and education.  Without them, our Nation’s scenic gems would be no more.  THANK YOU NPS!! 


And the Colorado Moutain high,
I’ve seen it rainin’ fire in the sky.
Talk to God and listen to the casual reply,
Rocky Moutain High…high in Colorado!
Rocky Moutain High…high in Colorado!”

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