Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Rocky Mountains, Day 10: August 10, 2012

We had breakfast at the top of a small rocky hill near our site (coffee and leftover smoked cheddar; I had a banana nut Clif bar, as well). Packed up in a little over an hour. Hiked 5 miles in a little over 2 hours. Not bad. We were relieved to see the car hadn’t been broken into by any bears. We headed over to the Alpine Visitors Center to buy a pika stuffed animal for Calder, but they were out. There were a whole basketful of them at the Beaver Meadows Visitor Center. We had BBQ again at Smokin’ Dave’s BBQ and Taphouse, returned the bear cannister to The Warming House

and found out why there were so many dead trees in the national park (the pine beetle). On the way to Denver we saw this truck delivering rocks.
Once we got to Denver, we saw Shelli and Chris and Calder! Calder was super-cute and it was great catching up with Shelli and Chris. We were also welcomed pretty enthusiastically by Lily and Diamond, the dogs. They (Shelli and Chris) gave us a tour of their home (!) and then fed us well with delicious grilled eggplant/tomato/mozarella, grilled beer-boiled bratwurst on homemade pretzel buns, pasta salad and beer. Shelli and Mabel took naps and then picked up Fleurise at the airport. It was so fun to be all together in the Mile High City!

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