The Springs in Fall! 2015 Photos #3: Rocky Mountain Higher and Higher

Rocky Mountains!

As we promised last time: MOUNTAINS. We saw some.

Welcome back to Rocky Mountain National Park in beautiful Estes Park, Colorado.

Previously on Midlife Crisis Crossover:

Each year my wife and I take a road trip to a different part of the United States and see what sorts of historical landmarks, natural wonders, man-made oddities, unexplored restaurants, and cautionary tales await us. From November 1-6, 2015, we racked up a number of personal firsts. My wife Anne was invited on her first business trip to Colorado Springs, all expenses paid from flight to food to lodging to rental car, to assist with cross-training at a distant affiliate. Her supervisor gave me permission to attend as her personal travel companion as long as I bought my own plane ticket and food. I posted one photo for each of the six days while we were on location. With this series, we delve into selections from the 500+ other photos we took along the way.

Enough words. Have some more mountains, all clickable for larger viewing per standard MCC procedure.

Rocky Mountains!

Rocky Mountains!

Rocky Mountains!

Rocky Mountains!

…that’ll do for the moment. It’s intermission!

Rocky Mountain National Park has several miles of roads heading in a few different directions through, around, and up the Rockies. We made a point of traveling a different route than we did in 2012. After a courtesy stop at the Beaver Meadows Visitor Center for recommendations, this time we drove in the winding direction of Bear Lake, to the southwest and upward.

We found a few places along the way to stop and bask in other non-mountain natural dioramas for a change of pace. At this time and elevation, the temperatures were in the 50s and easy to bear.


Mountain creek #1, plain and quaint.


We found an accessible forest section, loitered for a spell, walked up and down the incline, and used up 70% of our oxygen.


Mountain creek #2, a more frame-ready showoff.


This was a fun area to wander, but I wish we hadn’t had to park up at the top.

Some of the best photos happened when the clouds tried to compete with the mountains for attention. Sure, mountains are large and imposing and covered in show, but the clouds think they deserve equal time because they’re also larger than us and they can make their own snow when they feel like it.

We aimed for compromise wherever possible.

Mountains and Clouds!

Mountains and Clouds!

Mountains and Clouds!

Mountains and Clouds!

Mountains and clouds: competitive panoramic siblings vying to see who wins at Creation.

To be continued!

[Link enclosed here to handy checklist for previous and future chapters, and for our complete road trip history to date. Thanks for reading!]

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