Mountain High (In Colorado)
- Friday, May 21st, 1999
- We left North Denver in the a.m.,
heading northwest to Estes Park.
Experienced a great drive from Loveland
along highway 34, up Big Thompson Canyon.
Here the Big Thompson River competes with
the highway for the limited amount of
canyon floor space.
- In the several narrow sections, Annette felt like
the rock walls beside her might scrape off the
right-hand passenger side of Harvey (RV). The river
rapids were surging with snowmelt, and the water
rushed around sharp corners and tumbled on down the
canyon. Larry, keep your eyes on the road!
- We arrived in Estes Park in a few hours, and setup
our rig at the Blue Arrow campground. We have a
breathtaking view of Long's
Peak (14,255 ft.) out the front window. We look
out on the snow-capped front range of the Rockies;
lesser mountains surround us. We are parked at over
7,500 feet above sea level, about eight miles east of
the continental divide. It is still early spring here.
Deciduous trees are just beginning to leaf out. Nights
are down to the forties. It snowed here last
- We are here first to attend the Professors
of Instructional Design & Technology (PIDT)
Conference that is being held at the YMCA
complex about two miles from our campsite. It begins
this afternoon and continues through the weekend. We
will stay a few days later to catch up on writing and
work but also to be joined for a few days by Annette's
parents and her sister, Arrion. We will spend some
time together celebrating Bill and Nancy's 40th
- Monday, May 24th
- Our conference ended this morning. As always, it
was a refreshing and stimulating meeting. Over 100
professors from colleges and universities throughout
the U.S attended. The best part of the conference was
the renewing of old friendships, meeting new people,
and the informal sharing of ideas and experiences. In
addition, there was plenty of good food and time for
recreation. Attendees were given time each afternoon
to go on hikes, golf, fly-fish or take a trail ride,
and to just enjoy this great outdoor setting. This is
a fantastic meeting site, and the YMCA facility seemed
excellent. At peak capacity it can accommodate over
- By now we have the satellite dish setup and
connected so that we can tune in to CNN and the
weather channel as well as watch a favorite television
show or one of the NBA playoff games. We also have the
mountain bikes down off the carrier rack on top of our
towed-vehicle (toad). We have taken a spin around the
campground and the area.
- This is a great place for wildlife viewing (Photos
taken in Blue Arrow Campground). There are magpies,
chipmunks, squirrels, rabbits, deer and elk, and more
elk. Last evening, an elk herd surrounded Harvey.
Campground personnel told us that the females would be
dropping their calves in about two weeks, and shortly
afterwards the herd would move up to higher elevations
as it warms up here. We feel fortunate to be here at
this time of year, to enjoy getting a close-up view of
these animals. Don't crowd or spook them, they just
want to graze and lie in the warm sunshine.
- Created by Annette
- Updated, 5/99.
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