Getting up to visit Uncle Bill became one of those “we really need to do that” things that somehow kept slipping off the radar screen ever since we moved here. But… we finally made it a priority and scheduled a weekend with Bill and made it happen. It was Mother’s Day weekend in fact.
We drove up Friday night after I got off work. It was about 2.5 hours and would have been less had we not run into construction going through Denver. We got to Ft Collins and decided to go out for supper at Coopersmiths , one of Bill’s haunts, and had a nice time eating out on the patio in “Olde Town”.
The next morning we rustled up some breakfast, got our gear ready and headed up into the Roosevelt National Forest. We followed the Poudre River up the canyon and found a nice trail called Roaring Creek. The trail climbs steeply up a south-facing slope through sagebrush, juniper, Douglas fir, and huge ponderosa pine. Roaring Creek was roaring pretty good with the spring runoff. We had some very nice views of the Poudre Canyon while hiking up this steep slope. After the first mile (and an elevation gain of around 2,000 feet), the trail levels and continues along the creek lined with willows and through a lodgepole pine forest.
It was a beautiful day and we all enjoyed the diversity of this trail.
Sunday morning was another fine Rocky Mountain spring day and we took Ronda over to The Rainbow and a had a very nice breakfast outside on the patio to celebrate Mothers Day.