We are now parked between Estes Park, Colorado and the national park. Sunday we attended services at Shepherd of the Mountains Lutheran Church where we happened to see friends of ours from St.Louis, Nancy and Earl Matson. It has been awhile since we last saw Nancy. After the service we stayed for Bible class, and before it began several people started talking about the park and the recent profusion of wildflowers which can be seen on the alpine tundra. It made us anxious to get there as soon as possible, like that very afternoon. Also weather was not looking too good for the rest of the week. Trail Ridge road in the park is the highest continuous paved highway in North America, and it brought us to the alpine tundra which encompasses nearly one third of Rocky Mountain National Park. On the way up our first stop was at the lava cliffs. They can be seen in the upper left side of the picture below. After a volcano occurred many years ago glacial ice carved into the hillside and exposed the tuff in cross section.