Anyway, we now are set to go to Colorado for a week this summer. I haven't been there in...hmm...something like thirty years, so this will be fun. I love the mountains. Not as much as I love the ocean, but close. We'll be spending part of our time there in Rocky Mountain National Park, so I thought I should do a little reading on the park.
Being safety conscious, I decided to see what were the dangers in the park. Here's are the things they tell me I should be concerned about:
- -Burned areas, falling trees
- -Mountain weather, hypothermia, snow and ice fields (not too big of concern in July)
- -High elevation, mountain climbing
- -Wildlife - lions and tigers and bears...well, not the tigers
- -Streams, lakes, waterfalls (we're from Minnesota, we have all those things here, too)
- -Avalanche (hmm, don't have these in Minnesota!)
- -Giardia (I drink unfiltered lake water in the BWCA, not overly concerned over this)
WHOA! Wait just one minute? Did I just read the plague? As in the bubonic plague? Why yes. Yes, I did! Well, this is just sounding like a really welcoming place, isn't it? Turns out the plague is endemic to Rocky Mountain National Park. Who knew?
But the list goes on...
- -Colorado Tick Fever
- -Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
Oh boy, hantavirus! That sounds like a fun one too! Actually, no one has gotten it in RMNP, but the deer mice there carry it. Well, I guess this means we won't be kissing any rodents on our vacation!
I'm sure we'll have a great time....if we make it back alive.....