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.
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
16: Day 3: Rocky Mountain National Park
17: 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.
18: Dinosaur Ridge Visitor Center
20: River Runners; Buena Vista, CO
22: Best whitewater rafting we ever did.
23: This perfect day ended with a spaghetti dinner and a trip to the hot springs.
24: A lunch stop in Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. | Day 4:
25: Calvert Hall Group Shot | John, our fearless leader.
26: On the road again
27: Lots of dreaming going on out here.
28: Curves Ahead... | SUBARU | Fire Truck
29: We traveled on the Million Dollar Highway on our way to Silverton to do some shopping .
30: If the shoe fits...
31: Bar D Chuckwagon Dinner | mmmmm, good
32: Day 5: Mesa Verde National Park (where we made quite the entrance)
33: Lunch at the very first picnic area in a National Park
34: We await our tour of the Indian ruins | We spent a lot of time explaining our trip to others. .
35: A tour of Cliff Palace lead by a National Parks Service Ranger.
36: Kathy is going down to explore a Kiva, Henry is climbing out of Cliff Palace.
37: 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.
38: 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
39: 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.
40: View from Jack's tent | Getting ready to leave camp | Happy Birthday! | Day 6: Packing to leave Durango
41: Great Sand Dunes National Park
42: The wind was blowing like crazy | Sand-blasted
43: The sand dunes were pretty cool. Who'd a thunk there was a desert in the middle of CO?
44: Smoke from Arizona fires | Portable Office | The sand wore them out. | Leftovers
45: All-you-can-eat buffet
46: Day 7: Begins with a tour of Cave of the Winds
48: Lunch at Garden of the Gods, CO Springs | Eagle Palm Board of Review | It was here that we parted with the one-weekers.
49: A trip to the Pikes Peak Summit on the cog railway. | Pikes Peak was the inspiration for America the Beautiful.
50: Cripple Creek | Day 8: Cripple Creek & Victor Gold Mine
51: Hard Hat Area | Victor Gold Mine
52: Can we drive it? Please, please, please?
53: 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
54: 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.
55: Days 10 - 15: Peaceful Valley Scout Ranch, Camp Cris Dobbins, Denver Area Council, BSA | Pool | Dining Hall | Lake
56: Some photos of a great week at Scout camp | Puddin' Cup | Doug protecting his tent from the hail.
57: Scouterrific SUBARU
58: Pet Frog | A candle for Mom | "real" tug-of-war
59: 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.