My mother’s family just had a reunion at Estes Park, Colorado at the YMCA of the Rockies. One of my sisters and I drove my mother to the reunion of her 2 sisters, 2 brothers and all the nieces and nephews that could make it. My mother is the oldest living sibling now as her older sister died a few years ago and several of the spouses have passed away too. There were only 42 of us in attendance this year but we had such a great time catching up on our lives and enjoying the lodge, YMCA and Rocky Mountain National Park.
We had the use of one of the large lodges at the YMCA and it was just beautiful. The kitchen was huge – we fixed big breakfasts and served our other meals from this well appointed kitchen. It had 4 dishwashers and lots of help to serve and clean up so no one person had to do much. The lodge had a big dining room and lounge to accommodate a group and they were divided by a two sided fireplace which we did run a few times. It got down to the upper 40s at night so was cool in the morning. The lodge had hotel type rooms we all stayed in.
My ankle felt good enough I did the walk around Bear Lake….well I only went half way then back to the start as there was snow on the last half of the trail and I sure didn’t need to be falling. I am not known for my grace so that was probably the best decision. Actually there is still a lot of snow in the mountains yet.
The YMCA of the Rockies is right beside the Rocky Mountain National Park so we got the chance to drive, hike and appreciate the beauty of the mountains in the park too. We took my mother on a driving excursion and she had a wonderful time even though at Rainbow Curve it was windy and chilly. I don’t remember for sure but think the temperature was in the 50s and it was misty up there too.
We were among the many tourists taking photos of the many elk. Majestic animals but we were playing it safe and didn’t get too close but some people were within a few feet of them snapping photos. Don’t these people know that they are wild animals and could really hurt them if they took offense at the closeness or photo taking of the tourists.