Estes Park, Colorado
Our flight not being until 6pm, we decided to get in as much as we could on our last day in Colorado. Gem Lake, a 3.5-mile roundtrip hike, would be our last trek. It was another misty, foggy morning so the views on the way up were a little lacking, although the fogginess did make the imposing rocks seem even more grand.
This hike is pretty steep, but were it to be a clear day the views of Estes Park and the national park are amazing. Gem Lake at the top is actually quite small, surrounded by some nice tall rocks. Gem Lake is fed only by melted glacier water. On the way back down, we ran into some park rangers with three alpaca llamas going up the mountain. What a sight to see.
After cleaning up and packing up, we sadly departed our beloved Airbnb to go to Coffee on the Rocks one last time. The ducks were out in full force! There were at least 30 of them storming us for corn kernels. After enjoying the duck pond, babbling brook, and crisp sunshine, we made our way to Boulder again.
In Boulder the temperature was the same, but it was a rainy day so it felt much chillier. We spent the afternoon hopping from one store to the next until it was time to leave. Lunch was at Lindsay’s Boulder Deli. Their turkey and brie sandwich was great.
Unfortunately, returning to Denver marked the end of our vacation to Colorado. We both had a great time and immensely enjoyed the fall weather. We hope to be back again!!
http://lindsaysboulderdeli.com/ –> Lindsay’s Boulder Deli
http://www.rockymountainhikingtrails.com/gem-lake.htm –> Gem Lake Hike