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Gloria Dittmann, Lake Zurich Illinois
I first came to the Rockies in 1961. I was 13 and my parents sent me to a summer camp in Estes Park, Colorado called H bar G. Located on Devil's Gulch Road, it was an 8 week girls camp and the highlight of the camp experience was a one week horse back trip into the Rocky Mountain National Park back country. I fell in love from the first second the bus drove us through the Big Thompson Canyon. I felt then, as I feel every year driving through the Canyon, that I have come home at last. My husband and I have returned to Rocky Mountain National Park almost every year since we were married in 1969. First we came with our children, teaching them to love the mountains and Nature as we do. Now we come alone but meet our daughter, her husband and our grand child at Rocky Mountain National Park every year - they now live in Fort Collins. One day we will retire - to the Rockies and we will visit as often as we wish. For now, annual summer visits must suffice. But as John Muir so poignantly stated: "The Mountains Are Calling And I Must Go." Longs Peak and the rest of the range have been calling me for a very long time - and I answer that call whenever I can.

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