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Doug's internet friend, Laurie Drummond, visited us on Tuesday, May 21, with her son Bryan and his friend Andrew. Pictures were taken in front of Jenn Ross's home. Later, we went inside for a snack and a wee chat.
Jenn drove us through Estes Park on Sunday, May 19, and onto the Trail Ridge Road through the US Rocky Mountain National Park. This road is the highest continuous highway in the world. Normally, it would be closed due to the snow until the months of July and August.
Jenn used her Global Positioning System (GPS device) on Monday, May 20, as she drove us to Lookout Mountain west of Denver. Pat and Doug stood on either side of the marker, and visited the museum.
The area of Mount Sanitas marks the coming together of the great prairie grasslands and the forests and shrublands of the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Pat and Jenn Ross did their early morning hike there almost every day. The highest altitude reached was 5971 feet above sea level according to the GPS device, which kept a record of the hike and produced a map. Pat spotted a turkey vulture, a mule deer and a squirrel. I heard elk bugling in the morning uphill to the west behind Jenn's home.