Camp Chief Ouray

Trip Start Jul 20, 2005
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Trip End Aug 24, 2005


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Sunday, July 24, 2005

The photos of our time in Estes Park, Colorado are limited only to one of Adrian in Rocky Mountain National Park (Welcome Photo), another shot of a meadow in RMNP, and of some chipmunk friends, ubiquitous chipmunks, who found us out there. My digital camera found temporary shelter from rain and hail in the back of a fishing guide's Jeep...and so the lapse. The "single use camera" with which I photographed Adrian in boots and waders, standing in various rivers of RMNP, will give me just prints. Too bad. The boy caught 20 trout in a little more than three hours, and of three varieties: rainbow, brown, and greenback.

We highly recommend Kirk, of Kirk's Flyshop in Estes Park, as a fishing guide.

We stayed at a place called the Bald Pate Inn (www.baldpatein.com), which must have been upward of 9000 feet in altitude. It was an eccentric place, but cozy. The shared baths and run-down condition amounted to an atmosphere similar to that of a hostel, but the staff and the setting, especially the view, were tremendous.

A drive through RMNP included a one-way dirt road from the forested creeks to the alpine tundra, lined with aster and indian paintbrush. The tundra was spread with delicate green, made brighter by tiny white and yellow flowers.

Adrian really enjoyed his camp, never got bored, and slept one night directly under the starts. As the photos show, it is an idyllic setting. Eighty-some campers, however, came down with a GI virus (I don't mean the military kind, but the gastro-intestinal)and the camp was closed after the first of his two one-week sessions. We are fortunate that he did not get sick!

Boulder has offered up a range of enticing activities for him and he will be occupied with science workshops and a daytime adventure camp these last two weeks of our stay.
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