So today I decided to take advantage of my free pass and start exploring RMNP. Hazel got a good long walk, I grabbed my coffee, some breakfast and headed up to the park.
There are many trails to explore, so it was hard to decide where to start. But after asking friends and reading some guide books, I chose the check out Nymph, Dream and Emerald lakes.
This is the view from the parking lot!
These little guys are all over the place and so damn cute!
Nymph lake view...
I heard lots of chatter and finally was able to grab some pics of the mountain chickadee.
There were a few other people on the trail and we'd change hellos as we passed each other. One guy noticed my Yankee cap I was wearing and said " Go Yanks". We had a nice chat about being a New Yorker and a Yankee fan.
I was just past Dream lake when I heard a familiar sound of a woodpecker. There was a pair flitting around getting breakfast. This gal had just ripped off this piece of bark....
The male was close by. At first I thought they were downy woodpeckers but the yellow head threw me. So looked them up when I got home and realized they are three-toed woodpeckers...cool! A life bird for me!
This is the view above Emerald lake.......
By the time I got back to the parking lot, it was full and there were at least 50 cars waiting as I drove out. Definitely pays to get to the trails early!
I had a great time and while I did miss having Hazel dog with me, I will head back soon for more exploring!
Thanks for reading!