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Mountain Magic

Monday, September 26, 2011

 

With a very busy week ahead of me, I felt the need to get away for some good old R&R this weekend. My friend invited a bunch of our friends from our floor in the dorms (way back from Freshman year) up to her grandparent’s cabin in Grand Lake, Colorado.

I don’t know how many of you have explored the area surrounding Rocky Mountain National Park, but if you haven’t been lucky enough to do so yet, I highly recommend getting started! Late September is the PERFECT time to head up—the weather was unbelievably perfect and the Aspens were changing colors on the drive up. The yellow color on the leaves is unlike anything I have ever seen before.

We enjoyed a stunning nature walk around Columbine Lake, which is the lake that the cabin was located on, about a mile from Grand Lake itself.  The views of the Rockies literally took my breath away. It made me feel so privileged to be able to have this experience as a student out here in Colorado. My friends were laughing at me, seeing as most of them are from Colorado and have been surrounded by mountains their entire life.  While paddle boating on the lake, I had my first moose experience! They are a lot bigger than you would imagine had you never seen one before… 

The town itself is right out of a picture book. Adorable little family owned stores, homemade candy shops (I highly recommend the candy apples). By the end of the weekend the owners knew us by name!). Art stores galore with stunning photographs and paintings line the sides of the streets…I bought two of course, because one would not suffice. 

Driving back through the park, it was crazy to see people just pulling over on the side of the road to take pictures of the elk, deer, and other animals in nature. The animals are so tame and used to people, it’s almost upsetting, (but they're in a National Park so they're completely fine). All in all, I couldn't have asked for a better weekend! 

Perri
Psychology, Elementary Education • Irvington, New York