I’ll start off by saying I am not even within the ranks of bad amateur photographer. I have a camera in a bag with a broken lens somewhere, and normally just have my personal old iPhone 6s with me and snap pictures quickly with that.

The other day, we went to Rocky Mountain National Park. Admittedly, pretty much anywhere within the park makes for wonderful scenery. After wandering up Olf Fall River Road with the fam, we wandered over to Bear Lake. When we first arrived, the parking lot for a Bear Lake was full, but by the time we were heading out, I noticed the “parking lot full” sign was gone. We decided to check it out.

A rain storm had just moved through, the clouds parted, the wind calmed down, and on the short hike around the lake, I took a couple of quick pictures. Within a few minutes, a breeze popped up, and the water was no longer quite as calm. We just happened to be in the right place at the right time.

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A few obligatory 4Runner pics from the road.

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All in all, it was a great visit. We stopped at one point to check out one of the numerous waterfalls that had formed on the mountains across from us from the melting snow. As we marveled at the sight, a couple of coyotes wandered across the snow pack.

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After getting home, my wife and I were talking about the need for heading westward a little more often. RMNP is about an hour away, with traffic. There’s so much to see and do just outside of our little suburban bubble, we just need to get out and take advantage of it. I will say, the park is crowded on the weekends, so I may limit my adventures there to midweek! Last summer when we went on a Thursday, it felt like we had the place to ourselves.