My ten year old son and I decided to run away together for a long weekend, hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park. This was our first experience in high altitudes, and while he battled nausea the first day, I battled the desire to lie down in the middle of any trail and take a nap–we were quite a team! But with snowy summer peaks surrounding us, a campsite that elk and deer walked through, and windy roads up the sides of mountains, we fell in love immediately.
After renting camping equipment and stocking up on groceries in Estes Park, we ventured into the park to set up our tent at Moraine Park Campground. Over the next few days we hiked several trails, played cribbage by lantern light, and fell asleep late at night, after watching the endless sky of stars. Our first experience in the Rockies was blissfully quiet and intimidatingly vast.