Jennifer liked hiking?! Did I read that correctly?

Today began with a plan.  A plan that we trashed yesterday; and how thankful we are.  One of the benefits was free guided hikes.  Today there were three or four hikes schedule, so when we arrived yesterday I signed us for the Bierstadt Lake hike.  After doing a little more research on it, we discovered while it was the shortest they offered, it also began with the first mile having about 1000 ft gain of elevation.  While under normal circumstances (e.g. North Carolina) this would be taxing but not a show stopper, at 10,000 feet it is a whole different story.  So late last night we cancelled our reservation through YMCA and decided to hike another on our own. The hike I selected was the Bear Lake to Bierstadt Lake trail.  It was 90% downhill and only three miles.  It was probably the most enjoyable hike I’ve ever taken.  In …keep reading …

Summer Vacation 2012–Off to a Busy Start

After waking up very early, we headed to the airport to begin our 2012 summer vacation.  Two flights and a short drive from Denver International, we arrived at the YMCA of the Rockies Estes Park Center at 3PM.  We checked in and immediately signed up for the activities we wanted to do, hiking, zipline, and archery.  We then drove the short distance to our cabin; a small 2 bedroom “basic” cabin right near the entrance of the YMCA property. After grocery shopping and exploring the YMCA grounds, we headed out to Village Pizza (thanks Restaurant.com) for dinner.