Today I am joined by Dr. Jeanette. She is a pediatrician, wife to her amazing anesthesiologist husband of almost 9 years, and mom to four active and rambunctious city kids ranging from age 1 to almost 8 years. She’s lived in all the major cities of the northeast and Mid-Atlantic and now calls Baltimore home. In her free time, she is involved in her church, cheers on her kids at their sporting events and explores her home city. Recently, Dr. Jeanette traveled to Estes Park, Colorado and Rocky Mountain National Park.
In today’s episode, we discuss:
- They flew in on a direct flight from Baltimore to Denver arriving at 9pm.
- Then, they took a shuttle to the car rental center and stayed the night at a local Holiday Inn that was able to accommodate her family of 6.
- Tip: Denver now has a new luggage drop area on the south side of the 5th floor for United Airlines that is never crowded!
- The next day they drove an hour and a half to Estes Park and checked in to their Airbnb. vrbo.com/949508
- Hiking took up a large part of their trip as they explored the park and all of the lakes and trails in the area.
- Tip: Head to parking lots very early to get a parking spot or it will be full.
- Tip: Another reason to start early is that they get a lot of rain later in the day.
- Tip: Pack snacks and lunch so you don’t have to worry about it when you’re hiking.
- The kids really enjoyed playing “Eye Spy” and The Junior Ranger Program including their binoculars, headlamps and compasses.
- Her family hiked and explored RMNP for 3 days. They also took one day to relax.
- In the town of Estes Park, they shopped a bit and ate at two restaurants: Nepal’s Cafe and Cafe de Pho Thai.
- Tip: Estes Park has a nice children’s play area in the center of town.
- They did not have many issues with the altitude change but gave themselves a day to adjust at the beginning in Denver as well.
- Shuttle buses are available in the area from town and also between trailheads.
- Her family really enjoyed Ride a Kart Amusements for a fun escape from nature.
- They were lucky enough to see some deer, birds and many chipmunks.
- She recommends Mill’s Lake Trail for an off the beaten path trail with less traffic.
- Her and her family truly enjoyed the trip and felt like it was very refreshing.
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