Estes Park, CO: Camping in Moraine Valley
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We woke rather late on Sunday morning so we decided to attempt taking Flattop Mountain (12,324 ft.) -- We didn't summit it due to the incredible amount of snow. Starting from 9,600 ft. to the summit, we had to posthole our way up and down the trail. We couldn't tell where the snowfield ends and the Tyndal Glacier begins, but their melting would feed into Emerald Lake. The view from Emerald Lake lookout point was amazing! I'm glad to be there again...this time with a digital camera not a film-based one. The diamond-head summit of Longs Peak (14,255') dominates the entire area since it's the park's highest point. I remember climbing it with Alex, Nick, Nadia, and Ben in 1999. We paused again for one last picture to capture how GREEN Colorado could be. This is the most green I've seen in over a decade. In a month's time, there will be MILLIONS of flowers in the basins, in particular, the American Basin, the Chicago Basin, the Yankee Boy Basin, and the Missouri Gulch. In the afternoon hours, we rendezvous at Bear Lake with Nick and his son, Dakota, who gave me big strong hug! What a great nephew!
I still can't believe how much snow we had so late in the season. Arapahoe Basin was still in full ski/snowboarding operation -- today is its last day! Next year, they're going to expand in a big way by adding 400 acres of the Montezuma Bowl to the resort making it an 80% expansion! I can't wait till 2007-2008 ski season!
Journal Entry, June 3, 2007