Sylvan Lake


Posted by whalerho | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 26-07-2008

We departed Estes Park and drove over some peaks and through some valleys to Sylvan Lake State Park. Without a doubt, this is one of the most pure and beautiful places we have ever seen. We drove about 18 miles from the freeway up a winding dirt road (up 2000 ft. elevation) to the campground. The lake and the mountains took our breath away. One could simply just sit, read and be at peace here. We were so remote that we had no cell phone service and I had to drive back 15 miles to get a signal. Now that’s remote!

We took some wonderful bike rides. One of the best was when the kids and I went DOWN HILL that same dirt road about 9 miles and Ken picked us up. Was that ever fun!! Lauren kept talking about how beautiful the whole area was and how it was as if angels lived in the trees. So innocent and beautiful. We also too many walks on the trail around the lake. We saw some raccoons, dear and many small creatures.

Nikki’s 11th birthday was during our stay at Sylvan Lake. We had planned to take her to Vail until the local espresso owner told us to check out Glenwood Springs Canyon and the town. Ken and I drove through the canyon and to the town (had to do some birthday shopping!) and were SO amazed that the I 70 goes through this canyon! An engineering masterpiece as it wrapped along the steep mountain cliffs. BEAUTIFUL beyond words.
There was an amazing bike trail that hugged the Colorado river along this canyon. So we surprised Nikki and all took a bike ride along this path. We rode 10 miles of this path (which goes all the way to Aspen) and loved it. Colorado is so committed to health and providing excellent bike paths. We are so impressed!! After a yummy lunch at a Brew Pub in town we then did a little bowing before returning to our campground. A happy birthday all the way around! Next stop Colorado River State Park!! I hear the area we will venture to next is home to some great wineries!!

Hugs to all!!

Comments (2)

Happy Birthday Nikky! You are a very special and pretty girl! Kisses from Brazil!

Well written article.

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