After breakfast and laundry and general straightening around the camper, we headed out to Rocky Mountain National Park - a whole 5 minute drive from our campground! We ended up on a 'moderate' hike up a mountain called Deer Mountain, which was 3 miles up (and of course, 3 miles back). We were largely unprepared for how long it would take. Normally, a 3 mile walk in Florida would take about an hour. But this was up to an almost 10,000 foot mountain - BIG DIFFERENCE! Thankfully, Tim brought the backpack that had some water and snacks in it, while we left our lunches in the car. I think we started off at like 11:30am, so I was thinking that even if it took 2-3 hours we'd still be having lunch around 1:30-2:30. Well, not so much. I don't think we reached the top until about after 2pm! But the top was totally worth it. What an amazing view! And on the way up we saw a couple of does foraging around very near to us, and on the way down we came across 2 bucks as well!
After we spent some time at the summit, taking pictures, eating snacks, feeding the ground squirrels, we began our descent. We noticed a storm brewing, but much of the rain we had been seeing appeared to dissipate in the air before reaching the ground, so I was kind of hoping that would happen with this one. No such luck - and with the winds whipping up there we started really getting pelted! At one point I started laughing because it felt like such an adventure! It only lasted about 15-20 minutes, and then the sun came out and dried us all up again. I can tell you one thing, I am going to be SO SORE tomorrow! We didn't get back down to the car until about 4pm. Here are some pictures of our time on the mountain: