Well, this past month God certainly has shown us that life does not always go as you plan but it does go as He plans. We were suppose to go to Iowa in mid-Spetember for a wedding. We were on the plane waiting to take off when they made us deplane because they had mechanical issues so we had to wait for another plane. It was during this time that I talked to my mom and she gave me the news I had been preparing to receive for months but wasn’t expecting at that time; my grandmother had passed away. So instead of going to Iowa, I went to Houston to be with my mom and family. While we are all grieving her loss we know that she is no longer in pain and in a much better place.
Life can change so quickly and while most of us like to have our days, weeks and months planned out it doesn’t always work out that way. It’s amazing when things do go as we have planned but when they don’t it can really throw you for a loop if you let it. It can ruin your day or you can embrace the opportunity to go with the new plans and make the most of them.
That is what happened to us this day we decided to try and go for a hike in Grand Lake. We set out right when the clouds started turning dark but crossed our fingers and hoped the rain would hold off. We walked about 5 minutes before the skies opened up and the rain started pouring down. We turned around and headed for the car and by the time we got there it had stopped. That’s the summer weather in Colorado for you. We contemplated heading back out but the skies still looked like rain so we hopped in the car and changed our plans.
Rocky Mountain National Park was still on our list so we decided to make it happen instead of trying to dodge the rain.
I am so glad that it rained and our plans changed. We always visit the other side of RMNP, from the entrance in Estes Park so this was a totally different experience for us. We didn’t have to drive long before we saw our first elk sighting. The skies started to turn blue again so we decided to take advantage of it and find a spot to do a short hike. Coyote Valley Trail is where we ended up and it was extremely kid friendly and easy. I think it was only a mile round trip which was perfect because we had been really active the day before and the kids were a little tired.
This hike went along the Colorado River and had little areas where the kids could get down by the river and play. The views of The Never Summer Mountains were beautiful.
We were told that there was a moose and her two calves at the end of the trail so we tried to hurry to see the trio. We have never seen a moose in the wild so it was something I was really hoping we wold get the chance to see this trip. We either didn’t make it in time or we went to the wrong place because we didn’t get to see them.
We did however get to see more elk when we drove to another part of the park and did another short hike. I cannot remember what this trail was called but we were only on it for about 15 minutes. The skies were getting dark again and the kids were nearing their exhausted phase of the day.
If there is water we will find it.
Sprinkles started to come down and we called it a day. But Grayson wasn’t ready because the abundance of bugs on this trail were overwhelming. We spent a lot of our time on both trails stopping and inspecting any bug that we came across. We love that our hikes take longer and we don’t get as far because the kids find something that interest them. Hiking with them is about exposing them to nature, seeing what this world has to offer and learning about it as we hike.
As we were driving home we saw a crowd on the side of the road so we slowed down. There was the moose and her calves right around the spot we were told they were on our hike. So while we didn’t get to see them while hiking we did get to see them from the car and it was beautiful. You can’t see them very clearly in these pictures but it’s a sight I won’t forget.
So while things didn’t really go as we had planned when we woke up that morning, they ended up working out perfectly. It was one of our favorite days in Grand Lake and it was a day that we constantly had to just go with the flow and not try to make plans stick even if they weren’t working out. Life is funny like that.