|Taking a break at Bear Lake|
|We had to stop at every trickle of running water.|
|And we had fun examining pebbles to determine if they'd be good to throw into Bear Lake.|
|Sizing up the Alluvial Fan Falls.|
|It's hard not to be cute when you're only two years old.|
|Sprague Lake, again making sure the little pebble he's about to toss into the water is suitable for that purpose.|
Another week in the books- how was yours? Let's just say I'd rather be remembering our late June 2011 trip to Rocky Mountain National Park! Last weekend I wrote about the flora and fauna of the alpine tundra. Here, Weston is pictured at much lower elevations in the park, although he did make it up past 9475 feet at Bear Lake. The little guy was huffing and puffing as we took our gingerly stroll around the lake.
The whole family went to RMNP for Megan's brother's wedding- we stayed for a week, but Megan still had to do her day job while we were there. After returning from early morning photo excursions, I would pick up Weston around 9:00 to give momma a break. Weston and I had a blast exploring the park- even at two years old he was a super nature adventurer.
Weston's two early loves of the natural world are rocks and water. He had no problems finding small rocks to throw. Climbing boulders was also great fun. All with my help, of course. We visited short trails with easy access to the parking lot. He walked for the most part- sometimes he would stop, look up at me, raise his arms and say "up". That's when we'd stop and take a break. Yes, it took us an hour to go one half mile but that's what exploring nature with a two year old is like. And that's how it should be! So many of the park visitors were in such a hurry to see everything, they actually saw very little.
Weston and I had a blast exploring the park together- on our next trip hopefully momma and Brody will be able to join us more frequently.
During July 2011, I'm writing about my late June trip to Rocky Mountain National Park. I hope you enjoy this brief swing to the western U.S.