postcard from rocky mountain national park

The distance between my home in Philly to my new home in Colorado is just under 1,800 miles.

That’s really far.

Yet for some reason — whether it’s because of the irresistible lure of Colorado’s beauty or the fact that my life may have been blessed with the most wonderful humans in existence — people keep making that almost-2,000-mile journey to come hang out with me. Since moving to Colorado in January, 4 friends have flown out from the east coast, my sister visited for nearly 2 weeks, and my parents spent a week out in the west, too (not to mention my best friend made the cross-country road trip with me to help keep me company.) Friendship, man.


The road from Estes Park to Rocky Mountain National Park.




In July, my parents came out to Colorado to spend a few days in Estes Park and do some hiking in the forever-glorious Rocky Mountain National Park. A few fun facts: this year is RMNP’s 100th birthday, and despite being about 1/8th of the size of Yellowstone National Park, they receive just as many visitors annually. This means summers at RMNP are especially busy, but understandably so — the unmistakable and astounding beauty of the place is everywhere.

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We went hiking to the very popular Bear Lake + Bierstadt Lake + Alberta Falls one day, then another day hiking to Calypso Cascades in the Wild Basin area when my pal Hannah arrived for some Rocky Mountain action. Another day, while Hannah and I hiked around Sprague Lake, my parents drove along the beautiful Trail Ridge Road — taking them up to 12,000 feet and giving them a real taste of how majestic the Rocky Mountains can be.

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I have plenty of more photos to share from the time my parents visited Colorado — plus pictures from Hannah and my adventures in RMNP and at Red Rocks! All coming up soon.

Have you ever hiked in Rocky Mountain National Park?

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  • Reply Margie

    Our trip to Colorado was filled with such beautiful scenery. It truly was spectacular. But that wasn’t the only lure for us. We had to check out this new place that you now call home. Missing you and hoping you are enjoying your adventurous spirit in the Wild West. #WAITthemostwest

    September 17, 2015 at 1:35 pm
    • Reply Kristen

      MISS YOU! I was just thinking you should come back. Colorado in September with the changing leaves might be even more beautiful than summer!!!!

      September 17, 2015 at 1:38 pm
  • Reply Hannah Myer

    HOORAY!!! I’ve been looking forward to this little series (I wonder why.) 😉 #WAITthemostwest

    September 17, 2015 at 2:05 pm
    • Reply Kristen


      September 17, 2015 at 3:59 pm
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    […] 8. All of the days spent exploring and hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park!!! […]

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