Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado | Day Two

This is the second post about my spring break trip to Colorado. If you missed the first one, you can read it here!

The next morning, Andrew looked up some mechanics that had good reviews and then called to see if they could fit us in. Thankfully it was only three miles away, so my car struggled the whole three miles up those darn hills. The engine kept shuddering… I thought my car was going to explode. The mechanic said it could take all day for them to fix it, depending on what was wrong, and suggested some shops down the street for us to busy ourselves with.

The shops weren’t much, but we did find a little miniature golf place! It looked pretty old and the games were only $3 a person, but we had nothing better to do. It turned out to be so much fun! Andrew and I are both competitive so it was pretty funny to see us both do so terrible. On the last hole, you won a free game if you got a hole-in-one. Andrew managed to get a hole-in-one and scored himself a free game! We still hadn’t heard from the mechanic, so we paid the $3 more for me and played another game. I won both times, but Andrew got another hole-in-one so obviously we had to play again. :D

Where we ended up spending the morning while the mechanic worked on my car. It turned out to be super fun - and you can't beat the view in the background either!
Where we ended up spending the morning while the mechanic worked on my car. It turned out to be super fun – and you can’t beat the view in the background either!

Andrew called the mechanic to see what was going on with our car, and they said they were just waiting on a part to be delivered and that it should be done before noon. I was absolutely elated that we wouldn’t be losing a full day due to the car troubles and about halfway through our third game of mini-golf, the mechanic called to say my car was ready. I had no idea how much it was going to cost (but I was just envisioning $$$$ in my head) but it turned out it was something minor, so thank goodness, that was such a relief.

Since we still had a bit of time, we headed back to Rocky Mountain National Park to do some things we didn’t have time for the day before. We started with Bear Lake. A lot of people seemed to be hiking up to go skiing, but we just hiked around the lake and even ventured out on top! Like Sprague Lake, Bear Lake was completely frozen and probably had a foot and a half of snow on top. I liked Bear Lake more though because it had better views of the mountains.

Bear Lake
Andrew and I at Bear Lake

We went down some different roads that we hadn’t gone down before the day before and saw some new views. Some of the roads led off to dead ends, so to get to the end of the road the day before, we missed a lot. So the second day was almost more fun because we were looking for off-the road spots that other people weren’t going.

Posing for a picture

We found a spot great for climbing on an outcropping of rocks. They were scattered down a fairly steep hill (or side of the mountain! haha), so we carefully worked our way down. It was incredible to just stand there in the cold air, without anyone else near or around you, and to just take in everything. I could’ve stayed there for years.

Sitting on Rocks

Andrew standing on a rock

Me Standing on a Rock
Me Standing on a rock

After climbing around and exploring for the better half of the afternoon, we were pretty tired. We already had the car packed up since we had to checkout from the hotel earlier, so we left the park and headed for Denver! It was hard to say goodbye to the Estes Park area because everything was so beautiful. But I guess that is what makes traveling so special.

5 thoughts on “Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado | Day Two”

  1. More lovely pictures!

    I haven’t played mini golf in years. It could be fun. Sounds like it was a blast! Yay for competitiveness! I come from a competitive family, so yeah. XD

    Glad you had fun!

  2. That sounds like a lot of fun playing mini golf. I haven’t done that in such a long time and for only $3 that is good. :D

    Thankfully it was only something minor with the car. That would have been had if it turned into something huge and cost a fortune, eek.

    The photos and the views look so amazing!

  3. I’m glad to hear that the both of you made the most out of your time while having to get your car fixed. Hurray that it was a relatively cheap fix!

    Bear Lake looks really nice with a hint of snow! The both of you are not freezing and having tons of fun! Did you have a camera stand that takes pictures of the both of you? XD.

    1. We did not have a camera stand! I just looked for places that I could prop my camera on and then I would set the timer and run. A camera stand would have been helpful, but I didn’t want to have to carry it around. So I think it worked pretty well, though we had some good laughs when we would slip on snow or looked back at some of the pictures that didn’t turn out. I should have shared some of those because they were pretty hilarious! :P

  4. BBBUURRR!!! lol That place look beautiful though. The only mountains I have been to have been in Arizona and we only went to escape the heat of Arizona hell – lol. You guys look so happy. XD

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