The Outside World, In and Around Duluth

WAY Outside Duluth

I was on vacation with the family in Colorado, and I’ll tell you what – when you take hundreds of pictures, it really takes a while to sort through them all.

Since this blog is really about the world around Duluth, I won’t spend a lot of time on Colorado. But I will say – if you ever get the chance to go – do!

Boulder was a fun, groovy, hippy town. The flatirons were great, and it was fun having locals ask us when we’d be moving there.

Flatirons in the Clouds

I could hardly believe the number of hardcore cyclists that were crawling all over the mountain roads. Here in Duluth, we have some nice hills, but we’ve got nothing on those mountain folk.

Estes Park was a nice little gateway to the main attraction… Rocky Mountain National Park.

Rocky Mountain National Park

The alluvial fan from when the Lawn Lake dam broke back in 1982 is toward the left of this picture. That was very interesting and cool. When the dam broke, it flooded the town of Estes Park, and left this alluvial fan in its wake.

Elk are everywhere, and did I take a picture of one? No. Silly me. There are also a lot of mule deer in the area, which look like small whitetail deer, except with huge ears.

We hiked to the top of Estes Cone, which was 11,006′ high:

Estes Cone

The altitude really slowed us down, which was an interesting (and breathless!) experience.

I could spend the rest of this post sharing beautiful mountain picture after beautiful mountain picture, but I won’t. Suffice to say that Rocky Mountain National Park was great, and I’d go back again in a heartbeat. Except it would also be cool to explore some other mountains…

Okay, one last photo, then we’ll get back to Duluth.

Longs Peak from Estes Cone

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