In August, we were able to spend a couple nights just outside of Denali National Park. Gary the Elephant was able to come with us, and he enjoyed himself very much. We didn't see any animals on our drives into the park, but we did see Denali. That mountain always fills us with awe. It looms so big. We have seen it many times, but never from inside the park.
Less than 12 hours after returning home from Denali, we were on a plane headed to Colorado for a week long conference. Since we had some spare time before the conference started, we decided to visit the Garden of the Gods. What a beautiful place! Gary traveled with us again, taking up precious space in our luggage that could have been used for Hobby Lobby and Target purchases, but he was happy to be included.
After the week was over, we had some time to kill before our flight so we headed to the Rocky Mountain Arsenal Wildlife Refuge. The Refuge features hiking trails, and an 11-mile (18km) wildlife drive. We chose to do the drive instead of hike (I am sure those of you reading this are not surprised). The Refuge was crawling with black-tailed prairie dogs. We enjoyed watching them pop in and out of their holes, chase each other around, and run all over the place. I was hoping we would see at least one bison and I was not disappointed. The deer were right along the side of the road, and didn't seem too bothered by our presence. I appreciated that because it allowed us to get some pictures. I like it when animals accommodate our picture taking.