After staying out late on Thursday night, work was tough as my eyelids drooped from exhaustion. These are the consequences of staying out late when you have to work. I concluded my long day of work with a community fire. Typically, we have a low attendance rate for this program, but in the previous days we were receiving some higher numbers. On this particular night, 102 guests showed up. I was confused by the large number of kids and an adult who appeared to be in charge. In the midst of our community fire, they started performing an “untalent” show and soon the confusion was replaced by smiles from the unwarranted entertainment they provided for us.
I concluded my night with attending the astronomy class where I learned how to identify some of the constellations.
Nothing exciting beyond archery and another community fire.
One of my coworkers has said this is her favorite hike in RMNP. A hikemaster has said this hike offers one of the best views in RMNP. Mills Lake. They weren’t lying. On the hike, we were greeted by Alberta Falls that spewed mist and offered a refreshing cooldown. Mills Lake is one of the easier hikes I have been on with only some slight elevation. It seems like every hike in the park is a scene right out of a Narnia movie, and Mills Lake was no different. Long’s Peak offered a majestic backdrop to the clear lake that sat in front of us as we stretched out on a rock to take in the serenity of the view.
When we got back from our hike, hunger rumbled in our stomachs. I have determined that Cane’s adds something addictive to their sauce and was craving it. It didn’t take much convincing to get Ben to take us since he would marry that restaurant if he could. After we ate, we went and explored the Colorado State University campus.
We started the morning with almost an eight mile hike. Our mission? Twin Sisters Peaks. Standing at an elevation of 11,400 feet, this was buy far the tallest mountain I have ever hiked. The elevation gain wasn’t too bad. There were 25 switchbacks that made the ascent so much easier save for the mudslide we had to cross to get to our destination. This mountain gave me my first experience at scrambling. Scrambling is walking up a steep or rough terrain using hands. It isn’t exactly climbing though. The summit offered impeccable views of Long’s Peak.
After the hike, Anna, Matt (one of the hikemasters), and I went to Estes where we grabbed pasta and wine. I had an insatiable craving for spaghetti on the hike, and I made sure everyone knew.
Despite our exhaustion, we were still craving a little excitement so we took a drive up to Trail Ridge Road. Reaching a maximum elevation of 12,183 feet, this was my first expedition to the highest continuous motorway in the United States. When you can stare straight at the peaks of the mountains instead of up, you know you are high.
After catching the sunset, we found a quiet spot along one of the trails to lay out our blankets and stargaze. The Milky Way was prominent and shooting stars made there way across the sky.
Work brought with it some archery, and my first ever night walk. After my night walk, I made my way out to the staff fire ring where a fire was blazing, and the Sweet Memorial staff sat roasting marshmallows. Our boss, Alison is from England, so she has a British accent. We decided to show off our British accents and in turn, she showed off her American accent. After our bosses left, we unleashed the game mafia. After the two first rounds failed epically, we managed to make it through three rounds. Friendships were almost lost.
When we left, I caught onto the side of Audrey’s Jeep where we rode back to our room with only our hands and the roof of the car keeping us from falling off.