Alie enjoys a walk in the woods. That is our term for any time away from crowds in a natural setting, be it a forest, a meadow or even a beach.
Getting away from people our first day in Rocky Mountain National Park was a challenge because entrance was free. Subsequent days were just busy. We spent almost all of our time in the Kawuneeche Valley on the west side of the mountains. I doubt any quiet time by ourselves could be found on the east side near Estes Park.
We stopped at the Colorado River Trailhead. We weren’t able to hike to Red Mountain, Lulu City or the Little Yellowstone. So not far up the way, we left the main trail and found our way down to the river. We were alone; it was quiet; it was beautiful; and it was nothing like the Colorado River further downstream. We could have waded across it or walked across a fallen pine.
Then relatively late in the day, we were alone most of the time walking the Coyote Valley trail. Most of it was through meadows fringed by the river and some trees.
Alie’s rheumatoid arthritis prevents her from walking long distances or on rough trails, but she was content to read one day while I walked the Green Mountain trail to Big Meadows. There were others on the trail, but I move slowly and was in no hurry, so most of the time I was alone. I did meet one young woman traveling alone who said she was frightened when she encountered a moose near Granite Falls. I did not want to go that far to see if I could find it.
Our motel was outside the park in Fraser where I took an early morning walk along the Fraser River and saw more mule deer and a beaver dam.
“A walk in the woods” is a meditation; it sharpens awareness of small pleasures; it quiets the mind; the environment and every living thing become your companions.
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Dates of our visit: 22-24 September 2018