We didn't get on the road til after dark so we really didn't appreciate the devastation on the way up, but you could just kinda feel it lurking just beyond the darkness. Still many construction barricades and totaled cars littered the side of the road. It kinda reminded me of how it felt after a big flood growing up, but bigger.
There were tons of vacancy signs on the hotels and inns up and down the river. The tourists have not made it back up to the area and the color of the leaves is fading, snow is settling in over the area. This is such a beautiful area, one can only hope and pray that in time it will recover from this devastation.
We stayed at Castle Mountain Lodge. Chris and I had stayed there one night last year when we came up to look for a house. It is a beautiful place right on the edge of the Fall River. The cabins are just enough and some of them have hot tubs!
The weather could not have been more perfect this weekend. We spent most of our time at Rocky Mountain National Park exploring parts that we have not been to before. The Alluvial Fan is an area that we have visited many times in the past. It was heavily damaged by the flood, so much so that it was really unrecognizable. Even after witnessing the power of water as a child I was in awe of the strength and force that moved boulders as big as houses miles down the river bed.
We saw elk and mule deer, sat by a creek and splashed water with a stick. Safi took her shoes and socks off to discover how cold the water was. We had a fabulous time!