To break up the 3000 miles of highway a little bit we opted for a quick detour into Rocky Mountain National Park. Having driven through the night to get there, we couldn’t believe our luck at finding a quiet, comfortable campsite without house-sized RVs obstructing our view of the mountains. This trip was starting off well!
Surrounded by mountain beauty that we were anxious to get into ASAP, we struggled a bit with how to spend our 1 full day in the park. This was our first time in RMNP with the kids. Pre-kids we would have likely conjured up some insane near-vertical hike over our morning coffee that would have most definitely involved peak bagging or high elevation bouldering – a full day affair for certain, with us rolling into our sleeping bags well after dark. With Silas too big to be carried in a pack now however we …for the first time… felt a bit limited.
We left the crashpads at home (figuring we could bum one off our Pittsburgh peeps should we boulder while east). Plus Paul is currently taking a few weeks off from climbing to let a tweaked finger rest up. So the bouldering option wasn’t very desirable.
We could try a big hike and if Silas got tired Paul could shoulder him. But hearing Silas ask to get carried just walking around the rolling hills of the campsite quickly instilled doubt with that option. Silas is a pretty darn good little hiker if I might say so myself. But with the elevation, Paul would probably be carrying him for the entire hike….decreasing the fun factor just a tad.
We could always do a little short 1 mile stroll…to a small lake or something. Yeah. I suppose we could. But that’s…well…just not our style. ;-)
So after much deliberation, we decided upon this: We’d find a lesser-traveled mountain road that we could run pushing both kids in the double B.O.B stroller. Again, we completely lucked out. The Old Fall River Road that winds its way up to the Alpine Visitor Center was still closed for the season, meaning a wide dirt road, uphill (but still run-able) with steep switchbacks, incredible vistas, no cars and no people!!! Excellent choice.
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