Today our group went on a strenuous 5 mile hike from Eldorado Canyon to the Dowdy Draw trail head.  The hike was mostly flat, but the distance was a challenge.  The campers proved themselves on the long trek and I am sure the whole group will be adequately prepared for the 1.6 mile hike we will do tomorrow in Rocky Mountain National Park.  The hike was beautiful and we enjoyed views of the Bastille and climbers on route.  After making it back to the van intact, we drove back to base camp for a lesson on packing.  Campers will return tomorrow with the rest of their stuff packed and ready to drive north!  Tomorrow we will double check gear, and hit the road. Rocky Mountain National Park here we come!