Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Top 10 views Rocky Mountain National Park "100" and still looking good.

January 26, 1915 President Woodrow Wilson signed a law that made Rocky Mountain National Park a national park.  Check out the National Archives/blog it has Ansel Adams photographs from the park.

Naturally words can not express the true beauty. It is tough to compete with Ansel Adams but my son and I have taken a few engaging pictures of the park. If you would like to check them out at delcotopten.blogspot.com under the same title "Top 10 views Rocky Mountain National Park "100" and still looking good.".

To climb any mountain you have to start at the bottom.  In this case, you would start in Estes Park. A pretty town with a gorgeous view from the "Old Stone House" at the top of the hill, the Birch House was destroyed by fire not long after it was built in 1907. It still has picture perfect view of Estes Park and the Rockies.

View of downtown Estes Park mfiebert


The Stanley Hotel visible from atop the hill in Estes Park was founded by F.O. Stanley co-founder of the Stanley Steamer, he was a twin. The Stanley Hotel also hosted the horror novelist Stephen King, inspiring him to write The Shining. Parts of the television mini-series version of The Shining were filmed there. The Stanley Hotel shows the uncut R-rated version of Kubrick's feature film on a continuous loop on Channel 42 on guest room televisions. It was added to the list of National Historic Places in 1985.  It is said to be haunted.  The Stanley offers group and individual history and ghost tours to hotel guests and non-guests for a price. Check their rates.


The Stanley Hotel m.fiebert



Estes Lake m.fiebert

One way up mfiebert

Wildlife is abundant is Rocky Mountain National Park. You can spot big horned sheep, elk, marmot, chipmunks and humans, who did not get the memo "do not feed the animals, especially your fingers".
Photograph courtesy of David M. Fiebert and Jamie Magaziner
Photograph courtesy of David M. Fiebert and Jamie Magaziner

Marmot photo M. Fiebert

Photograph courtesy of David M. Fiebert and Jamie Magaziner

Too close photo by M. Fiebert

Many of the buildings in Rocky Mountain National Park are historic.  The Alpine Visitor's Center seen in the photograph is unique in that this area is not open to the public until May due to unfavorable weather conditions.  I don't know what the fuss is all about we only has rain and sleet and ice and snow in a matter of 5 minutes in June.

Alpine Visitors Center M. Fiebert




Photograph courtesy of David M. Fiebert and Jamie Magaziner

It is however the natural beauty that takes your breath away. Dream Lake is worth the pause to stop and take in all your surroundings.

Photograph courtesy of David M. Fiebert and Jamie Magaziner

Emerald Lake displays visions and reflections of the greenery that gives it the name.

Photograph courtesy of David M. Fiebert and Jamie Magaziner
Photograph courtesy of David M. Fiebert and Jamie Magaziner
You can get to Rocky Mountain National Park by car, bus, bike (these are my heroes) or horse but to fully appreciate the natural beauty........





 Take the trails to walk along with nature and enjoy the wildlife.
Pictured the Trail to Moraine Park.

Photograph courtesy of David M. Fiebert and Jamie Magaziner

It is a picture perfect location, even for the amateur photographer
and for those out of this world!

Here is a link to a photograph of Rocky Mountain National Park taken by Expedition 42 Flight Engineer Terry Virts marking the 100th anniversary of the Rocky Mountain National Park on Jan. 26, 2015, from the International Space Station.

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