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Aug 30th - Sep 3rd 2012 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, clean mo...

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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, August 30, 2012 and end Monday morning, September 3, 2012.

 

TRIP AGENDA:

Thursday, August 30: 

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, and you will check in at the Administration Building, where the desk attendant will give you a map and a key to your room.  You may order and pay for your weekend meal tickets here, or pay as you go at the Aspen Dining Room.   If you want a sack breakfast on Saturday before rafting, please place an order for it on Friday so they’ll have it ready for you.   Go to your lodge, unpack, get settled, and relax. You may choose to walk over to the Sweet Memorial Building to get a program bulletin or print the Aug.31-Sept. 6 bulletin from this link ahead of time and bring with you to the event:

http://www.ymcarockies.org/documents/YMCA_documents/EPC_documents/EPC_Program_Bulletin/ProgramBulletin_12Aug31-Sep6.pdf

At the Sweet Memorial Building, you can also sign up for any of these activities and more: 

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 $14 for dinner at the Aspen Dining Room if you arrive before it closes at 7 PM, 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. 

8:00 PM - 
Meet and Greet will be on the porch of the Aspen Dining Room, if available.  Feel free to bring a snack and/or beverage from the Rustic Café with you.



Friday, August 31:

7:30 - 8:00 AM - Meet for breakfast at the Aspen Dining Room with attendees, and then pick up your sack lunch if ordered.

8:30 AM - 6:00 PM:

Option A Hiking:
All-day hiking through Rocky Mountain National Park.  Print out the hikers’ shuttle schedule from this link ahead of time and bring with you to the event: 

http://www.nps.gov/romo/planyourvisit/upload/2012_BearLake_Shuttle_Map.pdf                   

This year, we will pick up the shuttle from the Moraine Park Visitor Center.  The Tuxedo Park shuttle stop is not being used this year due to Bear Lake Road Construction.  It’s an extra 10 min. hike to get to this shuttle stop from the Y.Bring a backpack for a lunch, snack, and water bottles (provided), camera and/or binoculars.  Choose a CM hiking group based on your hiking ability, wait for your shuttle, and hit the trail. 

Option B Sightseeing: Take the free shuttle into Estes Park.  Print out the shuttle schedule from this link and bring with you to the event:

http://www.colorado.gov/cs/Satellite?blobcol=urldata&blobheadername1=Content-Disposition&blobheadername2=Content-Type&blobheadervalue1=inline%3B+filename%3D%22Shuttle+Map+2012.pdf%22&blobheadervalue2=application%2Fpdf&blobkey=id&blobtable=MungoBlobs&blobwhere=1251813648297&ssbinary=true

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

Also check out the Y of the Rockies Program Bulletin for other activities.

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

7:00 PM- ? - Evening Activities of your choice



Saturday, September 1:

6:00 AM - Pick up sack breakfast at the Aspen Dining Room.

Option A Rafting: 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, and allows for some super-soaker water wars in the calm parts of the river.  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 Sightseeing: 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 (print out hikers’ shuttle schedule from the link above), 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.  Print out the Estes Park shuttle schedule from the link above.  The shuttle's last run is a 7 PM.

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)

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

7:00 PM - ? 
Evening activities of your choice



Sunday, September 2:

7:00-7:15 - Board the shuttle for Mass in front of the Walnut Room (next to the Admin. Building).

8:00  Mass at Our Lady of the Mountains Roman Catholic Church in Estes Park.

9:30  Breakfast at the Aspen Dining Room

10:00 AM - 6:00 PM:

Option A: All-day hiking through Rocky Mountain National Park.  Print out the hikers’ shuttle schedule from the link above.  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. Print out the Estes Park shuttle schedule from the link above.  The shuttle's last run is a 7 PM.
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

Also check out the Y of the Rockies Program Bulletin for other activities.

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)

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

7:00 PM- ? - Evening Activities of your choice




Monday, September 3:


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

7:00 AM  - Goodbye breakfast at the Aspen Dining Room for anyone still at the Y.  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.







YMCA of the Rockies Lodge Room Rates:

Eastside Lodges (Economy): $114/room per night + tax  (6 persons per room)
Wind River and Alpen Lodges: $149/room per night + tax  (5 persons at Wind River and 6 persons at Alpen per room)
Central Lodges: $169/room per night + tax  (5 persons per room)
Mt. Ypsilon: $109/room per night + tax  (4 persons per room)

You may arrange to share a room with as many as 5 other people (depending on the lodge) to cut back on expense and all room rates include breakfast for 2 people.  Please indicate if you need a roommate(s) by posting a message on this event page.  Please call the Y of the Rockies to reserve your lodge room at 888-613-9622.
 


Estes Park Shuttle:

Round-trip shuttle is $85 per person + tip.

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.

Please register online at http://www.estesparkshuttle.com/shuttle.cfm  and email me at rockymountainadventure@yahoo.com to let me know what time your flight will be arriving, and when you will depart on Monday. 



Whitewater Rafting:

Rapid Transit Rafting:  Rapid Transit Rafting is the outfitter we will use for our Saturday rafting trip.  This all-day trip is for beginners and experts alike, and you don't need to know how to swim to participate.  This all-day trip with shuttle to and from the Y of the Rockies, and a buffet lunch included costs $85 per person + tips for the driver and river guide.  
The van trip to and from the Colorado River is an awesome guided sightseeing excursion across the Continental Divide with some spectacular views.  Check out our rafting photos from last year's CM Rocky Mountain Adventure Event at http://www.photoreflect.com/store/Orderpage.aspx?pi=1NIA005O1L0034&po=34&pc=82 
Please call Rapid Transit Rafting at 800-367-8523 to book your rafting spot. 



IMPORTANT:  Please contact me at rockymountainadventure@yahoo.com to let me know that you have made reservations to attend this event.  This was an awesome event last year, and it is sure to be another memorable trip once again this year.  It's definitely an event you don't want to miss!! 

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August 31st, 2012 - Michael-76823 said:

Lovely hike today!

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August 30th, 2012 - Roseanna-369383 said:

Where is everyone? I'm here but can't check in because they don't have my name and I don't know where Ann is.

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August 30th, 2012 - Michael-76823 said:

Sitting at nymph lake riding out a thunderstorm. Only light rain though

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August 30th, 2012 - Michael-76823 said:

Ah breakfast with a view. See y'all later tonight

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August 29th, 2012 - Michael-76823 said:

I'm here already today!

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August 29th, 2012 - Ann-69118 said:

I'm ready and wish it were today.

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