Not long after my family acquired an abandoned farm along Heathen Creek, my grandmother Jenny would have the family get in the old Bronco farm truck, pack a substantial picnic box with sandwiches and drinks, and spend the day picnicking, watching the birds, and relaxing. Later on Grandpa John dug a swimming and fishing pond, where picnics and memories would be made for generations.
Whenever the opportunity arose Grandma would send us outside, whether to play in the rain, explore the creek, or watch the sunset. Even in her final moments she always reminded us to stop, look around, and behold the beauty of wherever we were.
These memories sparked my wanderlust and love of the outdoors, and I'm aiming to share my families tradition with you.
I will pick you up from your accommodations, or a spot planned ahead of time. After touring through town we will head into the National Park, and stop off at a waterfall. We will continue through the park to Grand Lake, on the other side of the divide. We will have an opportunity to swim or hike. I always appreciate strolling along the headwaters of the Colorado River, there's lots of opportunity to see a Moose!
After we load back into the jeep, we will ascend to Milner pass, a perfect place for a picnic.
Once we wrap up lunch, it will be time to return to the east side of the divide, and finish our tour with a stroll around Sprague Lake.
This is a sample tour, and my tours can be modified to explore the History, Conservation, cross sections of the Rocky Mountain ecosystems, or more hiking trails. Please call two days ahead of time to book this tour.
This tour costs $350 per person.
***I can not have people drinking alcohol on my tours. I will gladly point you to the finest breweries, taverns and wineries after our tour. Estes Park is hard at work creating nightlife, and you can be a part!
Notch Top Cafe uses fresh ingredients, and aims to serve non-GMO, organic food from scratch, and they accommodate for allergies and other food restrictions.
If there is anything specific, or there are food restrictions, please make that clear. I used to serve food 3 times a day on backpacking trips, and am familiar with Gluten Free, Vegetarian, Vegan, and other dietary restrictions.