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Old 03-31-2013, 07:57 AM   #16
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This just sounds better and better. I hope the months fly by for you until the trip!
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Old 03-31-2013, 08:30 AM   #17
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Just found this....

We visited all four of those parks this past summer! It was wonderful!

Mesa Verda was hands down my favorite- AMAZING!
We did two guided tours which were wonderful, but one of my fondest memories was of a self guided tour- we got there before it opened for the day and had that cliff dwelling to ourselves for a good bit....
Also on the ways to Mesa Verde, we made an out of the way pitstop by "Four Corners"
We enjoyed the Sand Dunes but found them difficult to navigate (your feet sink w/ every step you take into the sand- much more difficult than regular hiking). Heads up: Do NOT, NOT, NOT go out into the sand dunes if it's super windy.... and FYI Medana Creek is all dried up despite that most literature on the park talks about how great it is....

Black Canyon of the Gunnison was BEAUTIFUL! We didn't think this park was going to have so much to offer, but we were wrong... Be sure to drive down to the bottom of the canyon! They have NO running water there, we camped- it was very rural/backwoods camping....

Rocky Mountains NP was by far the biggest NP we have ever visited.... If I remember correctly they had four visitor centers... We loved it, but it was impossible to visit the entire park, we had to pick and choose what to see...

On the way to Rocky Mtn NP , we spent a few days in Idaho Springs Colorado and I highly recommend it.... We went white water river rafting there which was a blast- but the true not to be missed experience in Idaho Springs was the drive up the tallest paved road in North America- Mt. Evans Scenic Byway. We seen mountain goats all along the way and the drive was crazy with amazing views!

Here is a link to some video's I made of the parks if your interested...
Idaho Springs- Road Trip Day 34 & 35 - YouTube
Black Canyon- Road Trip Day 30 & 31 - YouTube
Mesa Verde- Road Trip Day 28 & 29 - YouTube
Rocky Mtn- Road Trip Day 36 & 37 - YouTube
Sand Dunes- Road Trip Day 32 & 33 - YouTube

I also did a trip report somewhere on here....
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We visited all four of those parks this past summer! It was wonderful!

I also did a trip report somewhere on here....
thanks B!! Off to watch the videos and find your TR!
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UPDATE - 3 weeks to go and so far none of the plans have changed. I paid for the reunion events and other than heading out to New Mexico next week to help my parents pack the old house so they can move into the new house (solo - Chris isn't going) - we are ready to go.

I need to start packing up all the summer clothes I bought for the trip - which I've already broken in at local state parks over the last couple of months.

I've continued to shop around for a cheaper rental car without luck - of course I also limit myself to certain companies. I am SURE I could find something cheaper in price - but it would also be cheaper in vehicle quality and care. So - for now - we stay with Alamo.

Chris reminds me weekly how few days we have left - and as of this morning 3 weeks from today. This week I will fly to ABQ on Friday - stay through Wed. Work Thurs - the following Friday - and then we are headed west!

This will probably be the last update before we leave - unless I get into the packing posting route I did last year for Alaska. I have planned to try some live posts from CO/NM while we are out there.
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When you first posted it seemed so far away, and now it's almost here! On this trip you get to pack summer clothes for a change!
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