Vacation Part 1: Rocky Mountains National Park

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We are so excited to share photos from our recent vacation! We were hired to shoot Stephanie & Lucas’s wedding on Sunday, September 16th so we decided to take advantage of the opportunity and make it a family vacation. We flew into Denver on Thursday and drove right up to Estes Park. That evening we took a short hike around Lily Lake and we were immediately blown away by the beauty! The aspen trees were at their peak golden color and the lake was so peaceful. We went into town that evening but it was too late to do much. We saw enough to know that Estes Park is an adorable little town that we hope to return to one day.

The next day we woke up early to make our way into the Rockies. First we stopped by a park that we thought would be a nice elk hangout and it was! It was crazy to be so close to them but don’t worry, we stayed close to the car and kept a respectable distance with our zoom lenses. :) We drove through Rocky Mountain National Park and again…minds blown. The landscape is so incredibly different from anything in Kentucky. The vastness of the area is so amazing and we had the best time. It was tricky dressing for the weather because it was in the 30s and 40s in the morning; 70s during the heat of the day. And in the alpine zone of the Rockies, it got down into the 30s again! We saw a herd of elk hanging out in one of the prettiest valleys which you’ll see below.

After we made it through the Rockies we went to have lunch in Grand Lake. Grand Lake was another lovely little town. The lake is so pristine and the mountains in the distance are so beautiful. Grand Lake has several little shops and restaurants and it appears that there are many places to stay the night. We ended up going on a little further to Granby. Granby was a pretty place too but not a lot to do! But, we stayed in a nice Airbnb condo and got up early the next day to head to Steamboat Springs. That morning we were fortunate enough to see a large moose, the only one of the trip.

The drive from Granby to Steamboat Springs was very interesting! Beautiful country again but this time we were driving through an area that was smoky from nearby Silvercreek wildfires. We worried a little that Steamboat would end up smoky or that we would have to take a major detour if the main highway was shut down.

This first part of our trip was so much fun and we immediately fell in love with Colorado! If you have any questions about our itinerary or where we stayed, feel free to comment below and we’ll help out as much as possible! Soon we will share Part 2: Steamboat Springs!

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Lily Lake was our first hike of the trip and it was amazing!

Lily Lake was our first hike of the trip and it was amazing!

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Beautiful mule deer doe at Lily Lake

Beautiful mule deer doe at Lily Lake

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Big mule deer buck near the road in Estes Park

Big mule deer buck near the road in Estes Park

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Not too cool when we started up the mountains! That changed quickly!

Not too cool when we started up the mountains! That changed quickly!

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Olivia viewing the elk

Olivia viewing the elk

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Mr Nikon

Mr Nikon

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The sweetest little baby!

The sweetest little baby!

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It was so cold once we got up into the Alpine zone!

It was so cold once we got up into the Alpine zone!

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We just couldn’t get over how stunning the Aspens were!

We just couldn’t get over how stunning the Aspens were!

We saw a moose in Estes Park!

We saw a moose in Estes Park!

Lunch one day was at Sloopy’s Grill

Lunch one day was at Sloopy’s Grill

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This is in Grand Lake, Colorado. Such a cute little town!

This is in Grand Lake, Colorado. Such a cute little town!

Keith and “Mr. Nikon” are like brothers. They both pack long lenses for long trips.

Keith and “Mr. Nikon” are like brothers. They both pack long lenses for long trips.

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Little marmots were swimming everwhere

Little marmots were swimming everwhere

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Such a cute little guy!

Such a cute little guy!

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We thought it was amazing to see this pronghorn…little did we know, we would see thousands! By the end of the trip, it was as exciting as seeing cows back home in Kentucky.

We thought it was amazing to see this pronghorn…little did we know, we would see thousands! By the end of the trip, it was as exciting as seeing cows back home in Kentucky.

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You can see a view of Granby, Colorado with our resort, Silvercreek Inn, down there!

You can see a view of Granby, Colorado with our resort, Silvercreek Inn, down there!

Now you’ll see some photos of our drive from Granby to Steamboat Springs

Now you’ll see some photos of our drive from Granby to Steamboat Springs

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In the distance you can see the smoke from nearby wildfires…it was pretty thick at times!

In the distance you can see the smoke from nearby wildfires…it was pretty thick at times!

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