The Lost Photos, Part II: Rocky Mountain High

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Hello there!

Today, I bring you the second installment of “The Lost Photos.” In case you missed Part I, the lost photos are pictures that are seeing the light of day after being trapped in my phone’s photo album for…uhh…a while. Quite a while.

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Part II begins with a road trip through Kansas, where we got up close and personal with the beautiful Flint Hills on our way to visit family in Colorado.

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After Kansas, we headed north in Colorado towards Cheyenne.

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We left Kansas City very early that morning so we could make this last leg of the journey while it was still light outside. There were lots of twists and turns on a narrow two-lane with no guard rails…or street lights, seeing as there’s a disturbing lack of electricity in the wilderness.

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And finally, we arrived!

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After being stuck in the car for nine hours, we spent the first few days just enjoying being somewhere so beautiful and quiet. We visited, ate breakfast outside and looked at the stars at night (yes, we are a truly wild family).

After a couple days of solitude, we decided to do some hiking in Roosevelt National Forest. 

The first part of the hike was easy.

The second part was not.

After initially sweating at the beginning of the hike, the weather changed as we made our way up the mountain. We hiked through rain, then freezing rain, while stopping every five minutes or so to catch our breath in the thin air.Hiking_in_Colorado

When we made it to the top, the view made it all worth it.

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I even learned how to use the panoramic feature on my phone. It was the first and last time I’ve used it!

Unfortunately, we reached the top just as a storm was approaching. As you might imagine, it’s not exactly safe to be the only lighting-conducting object on top of a very tall, otherwise bare mountain, so we got to the tree line as quickly as possibe. From there, the last portion of the hike was an easy (and beautiful) hike through a pine forest.

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We decided to take it easy the next day by visiting Ft. Collins for lunch and shopping. Here’s my pretty sister and I before heading out!Cheyenne_Wyoming

Sadly, a few days later, it was time to say goodbye to our family and to Colorado.

Thanks for letting me go down memory lane for this post. I’ll be back soon with more!

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