Thursday, July 17, 2014

Summer in the States

Since I am visiting my family in Chicago for the summer, my stories about crazy daily life in India have been lacking.  I have, however, gotten the chance to do some fun things in the states with my family.

I have gotten really excited about getting to do things I don't get to in India, such as going to Target several times a week to buy unnecessary things, and eat endless amounts of cheeseburgers and steak. I've also done some more exciting things like hiking in Estes Park, Colorado.  So, here's part one of my summer adventures...

Estes Park, Colorado

Over the 4th of July, I was able to visit Estes Park with my dad for a week.  Most of our time was spent hiking at Rocky Mountain National Park. The rest of our time was spent shopping, eating good food, and people-watching, specifically barefoot, pot smoking hippies.

We did three hikes between 6-8 miles. Our last hike was 13 miles and by the end of it I was completely exhausted!

This was about 1/2 mile in our first hike and I was dying! My dad climbed this mountain like nobody's business while I was panting and struggling with the altitude.

Bierstadt Lake 

Family of elk

Lake Haiyaha

Glacier Gorge

My dad is that speck on top of Bridal Veil Falls. Pretty sure that separating broke all the rules of hiking. 

Calypso Cascades

Ouzo Falls

Finch Lake

The floods this past September wiped out part of the trail. I was not a fan of climbing down this gorge.

I was hoping to see a moose our entire trip, and we saw one our last day!

I really enjoyed spending time with my dad, and I definitely recommend Estes Park as a place to stay to see the Rocky Mountains. Maybe our next stop will be the Himalayas!

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