Sunday, September 20, 2009

OK~ A hike that we took in August 2005. The four of us hiked to the top of Flat Top Mountain in Rocky Mountain National Park! With an elevation gain of more than 2,500 feet, this hike is for someone looking for an adventure, as well as stunning views! Rocky Mountain National Park is named appropriately, you do hike over a LOT of rocks! Hubby and Blaine made it to the top quite a bit before Garrett & I did. We were so far back- Todd made a bet with Blaine, "If they (referring to Garrett & I) make it, I will eat a rock!" Guess what, just a minute after he said that, my head appeared around the trail. The snow, views of lakes, mountain views, animals along the trail, and the hike in general are exhilarating, to say the least! We have hiked many miles through the years, and this is one of the best hikes we have taken. Garrett is now 14 years old and has hiked since he was almost a year old! That's when we got the "hiking bug." We realized that by staying on the beaten paths in our national parks, we were missing out on a lot of beautiful scenery. Our boys were typical hiking kids! Yep, they would revolt and things could quickly become ugly. But, we would regroup and continue on the trail. We also had a couple unplanned "dips" in lakes and streams through the years- that's why it's important to pack extra clothing in those packs! 3 years this week since my foot became dropped- I'm so thankful I have taken many adventures with my boys through the years, as you never know when your life will change! After all, it's all in a Mom's Day, Right?

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