We had such a fun time seeing Cumberland Falls in Kentucky that I thought another waterfall outing would be a good choice. The plan was to go out to Ouzel Falls in the Rocky Mountain National Park. While the falls would all be smaller than Cumberland, there would be three of them along the route, so we could make up in quantity what was lacking in size.
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Our picnic lunch was prepared the night before, including sandwiches, salad, carrots, apples, and some pretty good carob & chia cookies. So we were actually able to get out of the house by 8:30, which is pretty good for our family. But that's not exactly early-bird by hiker standards, so the parking situation at the Wild Basin trailhead wasn't ideal. We ended up having to park about a mile up the road from the trailhead and walk along a horse trail to get to the trail. At that point I knew that our plans would have to change a little bit, and Ouzel Falls was written out of the itinerary.
The kids did great for the first leg of the hike. My eldest was talking about how it was the most beautiful place in the world. My youngest walked most of the way before we put him in the backpack.
|The kids hiking along the horse trail|
|Lower Copeland Falls|
|My daughter and me by Lower Copeland Falls|
|C and F at Lower Copeland Falls|
|Nap time on the trail|