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Tubers down Boulder Creek
We headed away from Arapaho National Forest toward Rocky Mountain National Park. At about 8:30am when we went through the gate, we found all the campgrounds to be full! Ah well, I guess we will be heading to Boulder a night early. We had a great drive through the park. The uphill chugs were hard on our little van that could, and the gas gauge seemed to drop with exhaustion, but those cruises downhill in second gear seemed to refill the tanks like magic! We stopped for a bit and climbed the alpine point staircase to 12 006 feet. The air gets a little thin and just a few stairs are a lot of work, but it's a gorgeous view from the top. There are plenty of elk on the roadside so have your camera ready and beware of cars on narrow roads pulled over for a picture.

We drove on to Boulder, sad that we didn't have more time in Rocky Mountain, but excited to see Janelle's friend, Zoe, who were we going to stay with. After a little bit of trouble finding the visitor centre and then eventually finding out it was closed on Sundays, we headed to the Art Fair and wondered the streets looking at all the stalls. I love pedestrian-only sidewalks, so it was great! We stopped to have lunch and relished in the glory of restaurants with outdoor seating, and people watched.

We headed close by to Boulder Creek and for a while watched, with envy, the tubers float down the river. Somehow, we managed to gather the effort to unload our bikes (a difficult task with everything that had accumulated around them since Glacier!), put the tires back on and go for a bike ride along the creek. Little did we know, the more daunting task would be putting them back in the car. "Can't we just leave the bikes here?" Tempting... so tempting.

We ate dinner at Pei Wei with Zoe and some of her friends and then watched The Dark Knight. The best part? After a long day in the hot sun, sitting in an air conditioned theatre.

Again, it was weird to stay in a house, and we slept surprisingly well on the floor.
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Tubers down Boulder Creek
Tubers down Boulder Creek
photo by: williamsworld