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Sep 1st - Sep 5th 2011 Estes Park CO — The Great Rocky Mountain Adventure Awaits... Come join us for fun and fellowship in God's Open-Air Cathedral! Think about fresh, clea...

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YMCA of the Rockies
2515 Tunnel Road
Estes Park, CO 80511 USA

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The Great Rocky Mountain Adventure Awaits... Come join us for fun and fellowship in God's Open-Air Cathedral!

Think about fresh, clean mountain air; breathtaking vistas, including beautiful waterfalls and majestic mountain panoramas; lots of interesting activities; and more importantly, a great time spent with some really fun people!

This event will begin late afternoon on Thursday, September 1, 2011 and end Monday morning, September 5, 2011.
 
TRIP AGENDA:

Thursday, September 1:
 

Guests fly into Denver International Airport and arrive by Estes Park Shuttle Service at the YMCA of the Rockies after 3 PM.  Check in time is anytime after 3 PM.  We will be staying in 2 cabins: Four Winds Cabin and Breezeway Cabin.  Four Winds Cabin has 2 floors and accomodates 9 comfortably.  Breezeway has one floor and accomodates 14 comfortably.  Four Winds will be used as our weekend meeting location, as it has a large dining area that seats 23 people, a full kitchen, and a large living room with a fireplace. Wireless internet is available, and there is also satellite TV (not that we'll be using internet or TV). Four Winds has 2 bathrooms.  Breezeway has a central bathroom facility with 2 toilets, 2 sinks, and two showers.  If we have more women attending than men, the women will stay in Breezeway.  If we have more men attending than women, the men will stay in Breezeway.

Unpack, get settled, and relax outdoors or enjoy some of the activities the Y has to offer:
Free activities include basketball, disc golf, horseshoes, swimming, mini-golf, sand volleyball, tennis, fitness track, ping pong, pool, and wildlife viewing, to name a few.
Fee-based activities include climbing wall, craft shop/craft & design making, fly fishing, horseback riding, rock climbing, ropes course, and archery.

Dinner Options: Buy a sandwich dinner at one of the airport shops before boarding the shuttle or pay $13 for dinner at the Aspen Dining Room, or purchase a light meal at the Rustic Cafe.  Both the Aspen Dining Room and the Rustic Cafe are on site at the Y of the Rockies.  The Rustic Cafe also offers a variety of snacks and espresso drinks.  The Aspen Dining Room closes at 7 PM.

8:00 PM - Meet and Greet will be in the Four Winds Cabin at the fireplace and include snacks and drinks.


Friday, September 2:

6:00 -
Continental breakfast at the Four Winds Cabin (yes, you will need to wake up really early this morning... no sleeping in! You can catch up on sleep later! LOL!).  For those rafting today, you may want to purchase a waterproof disposable camera at home beforehand so that you can take pictures in the calmer stretches of the river as we raft.  Those participating in Option B may sleep in, and have breakfast at the Four Winds Cabin at their leisure.
 
Option A: After breakfast, the shuttle will pick us up between 6:45 and 7 AM to take us on a scenic drive through Rocky Mountain National Park and across the continental divide to the western slopes.  We will arrive at the Colorado River and partake in a full day of whitewater rafting.  This trip is perfect for beginners and experienced rafters alike.  After 4-5 hours on the river, we will stop for a picnic lunch at riverside: a deli-style buffet and beverages will be provided.  We will continue our journey down the Colorado River.  The shuttle will return us to the Y of the Rockies between 5:30 and 6:30 PM.

Option B: Attendees may choose to do special activities at the Y. As listed above, some are free and some are fee-based.  You may choose to go birdwatching/hiking on the trails going into Rocky Mountain National Park, or take the shuttle into Estes Park to do some sightseeing/shopping. There is a free shuttle (the Brown Route) that runs throughout the day between the Y of the Rockies and Estes Park, and includes other locations as well.  A shuttle schedule will be made available to those choosing Option B.  The shuttle's last run is a 7 PM.

Meet for Dinner at the Aspen Dining Room as soon as the shuttle arrives back at the Y (this room closes at 7 PM).

9:00 PM - meet for an evening campfire at our assigned campfire ring.


Saturday, September 3:

8:00 AM - Meet for breakfast in the Aspen Dining Room and then pick up sack lunches.

9:00 AM and All Day-

Option A: All-day hiking through Rocky Mountain National Park.  Bring a backpack for your sack lunch, a snack and water bottles (provided), camera and/or binoculars. 

Option B: Take the shuttle into Estes Park.  Spend the day sightseeing (can be pricey if you go with an outfitter), shopping, visiting museums, bike riding (they can be rented in Estes Park), or wine tasting at Valley of the Wind Winery on Riverside Drive.  Check out this link for possibilities and to book your activity in advance http://estesparkcvb.com/activities.cfm

Special Events in Estes Park today include:
- Alpaca Market (woven items for sale) starts at 9 AM
- John Denver Tribute Concert (cost is $20/person and gates open at 4 PM)
- Labor Day Arts and Crafts Show (9 AM -5 PM)

6:00 PM - Meet back at the Aspen Dining Room for dinner.

7:00 PM - Enjoy a game of sand volleyball with other CM'ers or a horseshoe tournament, or a relaxing swim in the pool (pool is indoors), or just take a relaxing stroll through the Y of the Rockies grounds.  Please let me know your preference in advance so that the areas needed can be reserved.   

9:00 PM -  Evening campfire at our assigned campfire ring.

 


Sunday, September 4:

8:00 AM - Meet for breakfast in the Aspen Dining Room and then pick up sack lunches.

9:00 AM -

Option A: All-day hiking through Rocky Mountain National Park.  Bring a backpack for your sack lunch, a snack and water bottles (provided), camera and/or binoculars. 

Option B: Take the shuttle into Estes Park.  Spend the day sightseeing (can be pricey if you go with an outfitter), shopping, visiting museums, bike riding (they can be rented in Estes Park), or wine tasting at Valley of the Wind Winery on Riverside Drive.  Check out this link for possibilities and to book your activity in advance http://estesparkcvb.com/activities.cfm

Special Events in Estes Park today include:
- Alpaca Market (woven items for sale) starts at 9 AM
- Labor Day Arts and Crafts Show (9 AM -5 PM)

4:00 PM - Everyone boards the shuttle at the Y of the Rockies and travels to St. Malo's Chapel on the Rock.
We will pray the rosary, walk the grounds, and then attend Mass at 5:00.
In 1993, Pope John Paul II stayed at St. Malo's during his World Youth Day visit to Denver.  Photographs of his visit appear throughout St. Malo's and his prayer-filled walk through the Rocky Mountains was commemorated with a plaque on the St. Malo grounds.

6:15 PM - Everyone takes the shuttle back to the Y of the Rockies.  We will eat dinner at the Aspen Dining Room.

7:00 PM - Enjoy a game of sand volleyball with other CM'ers or a horseshoe tournament, or a relaxing swim in the pool (pool is indoors), or just take a relaxing stroll through the Y of the Rockies grounds.  Please let me know your preference in advance so that the areas needed can be reserved.   

9:00 PM -  Evening campfire at our assigned campfire ring.


Monday, September 5:

Pack up your belongings.  Have your suitcases ready to board the shuttle.

7:00 AM
  - Goodbye breakfast at the Aspen Dining Room.  Check out time is 10:00 AM. 

Take the shuttle to Denver International Airport.  The shuttle service asks that you board the shuttle 3 hours before your scheduled flight to ensure that you will board your flight on time.




Rate for Non-local Attendees:
(This rate is based on 15 people attending. If more than 15 people attend, the rate will be less.)
$486 per person

Additional Cost:
tip for shuttle driver, flight cost, dinner Thursday evening, shuttle to and from St. Malo's Chapel on the Rock, activities in Estes Park.
Price Includes: 4 nights accomodations at Four Winds and Breezeway Cabins at the YMCA of the Rockies, all meals except for Thursday dinner, round trip shuttle service between the Denver International Airport and the YMCA of the Rockies, shuttle service to/from the Colorado River, one full-day of whitewater rafting on the Colorado River, one riverside buffet style lunch with a beverage, shuttle to/from Estes Park, 3 evenings of snacks/drinks, and afternoon snacks/drinks, 3 evening campfire circle rentals.

 


Rate for Local Attendees Staying Off-site:
$235 per person

Additional Cost: 
dinner Thursday evening, shuttle to and from St. Malo's Chapel on the Rock, activities in Estes Park.
Price Includes: Activities at the Y of the Rockies (excludes fee-based activities), all meals except for Thursday dinner, shuttle service to/from the Colorado River, one full-day of whitewater rafting on the Colorado River, one riverside buffet style lunch with a beverage, shuttle to/from Estes Park, 3 evenings of snacks/drinks and afternoon snacks/drinks, 3 evening campfire circle rentals.


Important Information to Consider When Booking Your Flight:
The Estes Park Shuttle runs on a set schedule. 

From the airport the shuttle picks up at these times:
8 AM, 10 AM, 1 PM, 4 PM, 7 PM, and 10 PM.

The shuttle picks up from the YMCA of the Rockies to go back to the airport at these times:
5 AM, 7 AM, 10 AM, 1 PM, 4 PM, and 7 PM.

Please keep in mind that check in time at the Y is after 3 PM and check out time is at 10 AM.  The shuttle will need to pick you up from the YMCA of the Rockies 3 hours before your scheduled flight.


All information you'll need for CM Rocky Mountain Adventure is found on this site, including important documents for attendees to print out for reference:  http://rockymountainadventure.webstarts.com/index.html

WE STILL HAVE SOME SPACE LEFT...... AND WE'RE STILL TAKING DEPOSITS!!  FEEL FREE TO SIGN UP AND EMAIL ME RIGHT AWAY AT:  rockymountainadventure@yahoo.com

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September 2nd, 2011 - Anna-152570 said:

Sorry, I just got home from overseas for 45 days that included CM Ireland. I'm back home in CO but so spent, and I wish I could have made it to help or attend. In any case, have a marvelous time! Anna B.

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September 1st, 2011 - Tim-100809 said:

Wishing your event much success Colette! Wow Ann(MO), we'll get to see you too in 6 weeks at our CM Indy event! Colette, make sure you post some pics for us to see. Blessings and safe travel to everyone.

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August 31st, 2011 - Ann-69118 said:

Looking forward to meeting everyone. Don't have time to check out profiles due to limited internet time and busy schedule but look forward to getting to know you all when I get there. Thanks for organizing Colette!

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