S: TROOP 746: COLORADO 2011
FC: 2011 Colorado | TROOP 746 June 25-July 9
1: CAMPING | A group of 19 head off to Colorado | Laura, Doug, Henry, Eric, JP, Paul, Ben, Erik, Kathy, Chimaobi, Ian, Julien, Ryan, Rick, Andrew, Nathan, John, Jack, & Josh
2: BWI Airport | Denver, CO | Stock-up | Day 1: We flew into Denver, picked up vehicles,
3: Van Binders | Southwest | Buffet Dinner | stocked-up on food & fuel, and drove to camp.
4: The Terminators (that was our "van" name)
5: Lots of curves in the road in Colorado
6: First stop: Rocky Mountain National Park where we will camp for 2-nights.
7: Trip shirts complete with a route map came in handy.
9: Day 2: We toured various places within Rocky Mountain National Park, shooting everything that moved with our cameras. We had advanced in altitude quite a bit from sea-level so our bodies spent the day adjusting.
10: Rocky Mountain National Park | Sunday, June 26, 2011
11: JP, Ryan, Ian, Josh, Julien, Eric, Andrew, Chimoabi, John, Nathan, and Ben | Scouters | Scouts | Doug, Kathy, Jack, Erik, Henry, Paul, & Laura
12: Shutter bugs | Got Oxygen?
13: Amazing views | Snow removing equipment | Bear proof trash cans
14: A friend to take group pictures of us | Things we need: MP3-Player for long drives
15: National Park Passport Book to record our journey.
18: Day 3: Rocky Mountain National Park
19: Belinda wasn't sure if Julien was still with us - here is proof. | Before we left RMNP our Scouts raised the American Flag. On our way out we saw a coyote in the wild.
20: On the road again...
21: On our way to Dinosaur Ridge | "Road to nowhere" | Our 'van' breakfast included yogurt. | Nathan and Andrew enjoyed playing video games. Ben was on the computer and John was taking pictures.
22: Dinosaur Ridge Visitor Center
26: River Runners; Buena Vista, CO
28: Best whitewater rafting we ever did.
29: This perfect day ended with a spaghetti dinner and a trip to the hot springs.
30: A lunch stop in Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. | Day 4:
31: Calvert Hall Group Shot | John, our fearless leader.
32: On the road again
33: Lots of dreaming going on out here.
34: Curves Ahead... | SUBARU | Fire Truck
35: We traveled on the Million Dollar Highway on our way to Silverton to do some shopping .
36: If the shoe fits...
37: Bar D Chuckwagon Dinner | mmmmm, good
38: Day 5: Mesa Verde National Park (where we made quite the entrance)
39: Lunch at the very first picnic area in a National Park
40: We await our tour of the Indian ruins | We spent a lot of time explaining our trip to others. .
41: A tour of Cliff Palace lead by a National Parks Service Ranger.
42: Kathy is going down to explore a Kiva, Henry is climbing out of Cliff Palace.
43: Kivas are round underground ceremonial rooms . | A little rest | Arabella's cat made the trip. | Inside the Kiva it was cooler and there was enough room to stand up.
44: After a long day touring Mesa Verde National Park we stopped at a pizza place for dinner and took a group picture of the Terminators before heading back to camp. | Nathan, Andrew, John, Jack, Kathy, & Ben
45: Today started out with a flat tire in the Suburban and to our surprise the spare was flat too. Luckily we were able to fix it quickly. It ended with a nice all-you-can-eat pizza dinner and a terminator group picture at a hot spring.
46: View from Jack's tent | Getting ready to leave camp | Happy Birthday! | Day 6: Packing to leave Durango
47: Great Sand Dunes National Park
48: The wind was blowing like crazy | Sand-blasted
49: The sand dunes were pretty cool. Who'd a thunk there was a desert in the middle of CO?
50: Smoke from Arizona fires | Portable Office | The sand wore them out. | Leftovers
51: All-you-can-eat buffet
52: Day 7: Begins with a tour of Cave of the Winds
54: Lunch at Garden of the Gods, CO Springs | Eagle Palm Board of Review | It was here that we parted with the one-weekers.
55: A trip to the Pikes Peak Summit on the cog railway. | Pikes Peak was the inspiration for America the Beautiful.
56: Cripple Creek | Day 8: Cripple Creek & Victor Gold Mine
57: Hard Hat Area | Victor Gold Mine
58: Can we drive it? Please, please, please?
59: Next: Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument | Day 8 was our last tour day so we finished it with a laundry party. Tomorrow we head to summer camp. | Petrified tree
60: Day 9: We packed up at Cheyenne Mountain State Park and headed to the U.S. Air Force Academy for church services. Next stop, Camp Dobbins.
61: Days 10 - 15: Peaceful Valley Scout Ranch, Camp Cris Dobbins, Denver Area Council, BSA | Pool | Dining Hall | Lake
62: Some photos of a great week at Scout camp | Puddin' Cup | Doug protecting his tent from the hail.
63: Scouterrific SUBARU
64: Pet Frog | A candle for Mom | "real" tug-of-war
65: Day 15: Homeward Bound | We pack-up everything, get a quick lunch at the 16th Street Mall in Denver, then it's onto the airport.