23 miles from the entrance of Rocky Mountain National Park. I can see the snow-capped peaks directly to the west.
It's been another magnificent day that started with a hike up Scotts Bluff. The only difficulty was looking out for rattlers while admiring the scenery.
No snakes of any kind .... but I did see this. Can you identify? About the size of a large cat.
How about these beautiful little flowers? They are everywhere.
The morning even smelled heavenly. No doubt due to the magnificent pines.
It was a leisurely 180 miles from Scottsbluff to Loveland through the high plains with an elevation change of about 1550 ft.
I'll be using my time tonight parked here at Sam's to formulate a loose plan for RMNP. Getting here always seemed like it was so far down the road ... and now I'm here!
I've discovered that there are free shuttles available. I had planned to take the GDB up Trail Ridge Road (photo op!) but .... having someone else drive - and pay for the gas - sounds like a better idea.
There are several first-come-first-served campgrounds for people like me who have allergies to reservations. I can be in the park early enough to snag a spot, surely. No hook-ups but, hey, you are in the park which means, in the evening, you may hear Elk bugling.
Any campground suggestions?