Thread: First OC outing today.
Been reading OCDO for awhile, and finally took the plunge today. I have always carried concealed in the past.
Sorry for the long post.
Since it was going to be hot in the Denver area, the Wifey and I decided to head up to RMNP today and get out of the heat. I decided that today I would carry the full size H&K USP in my Serpa holster.
We started by stopping in Estes Park for breakfast at our normal place, the Bighorn Cafe.
From there we went up into the park and spent the entire day there, and it was very busy.
When we got to the alpine visitor center at the top it was packed with people.....I didn't go into any building facilities there...not even the (as my Brother put it) Fed-Head.
My Wife mentioned that she saw a few people point and start talking, but I was oblivious to all this, as I was busy shooting....my Nikon.
On the way down towards Granby and Shadow Mountain, we decided to stop at an overlook to take some more pictures. We pulled in next to 3 park ranger vehicles and got out. I got a bit of a look (and no conversation) from one officer, but the other 2 were both friendly and we all had a good conversation about how busy they were and the fact that we were at the park to get out of the heat.
The last part was when we stopped at the Holzwarth Historic Site. We saw a couple of moose and then started heading towards the trailhead. Once we got there, the nice lady (volunteer) said that it was a 1 mile round trip to see the old homestead. I told the Wife that I would like to go see it, but I would need to head back to the car to drop off 'this'. The volunteer, looking at the camera with the big zoom lens on it that I could leave it with her and get it on the way back. When I pointed to my pistol, she said "Oh, you can't leave that here." I took it back to the car, locked it in the trunk and had a great short hike....I only disarmed because I wanted to go into the buildings.
The entire day was awesome.....great scenery, great company with the Wife and no issues at all.
"Let your gun be your constant companion during your walks" ~Thomas Jefferson
You can carry in the bathrooms with the outside doors. It sounds like you had a great day.
Last edited by mahkagari; 07-19-2010 at 12:27 PM.
My first day was Sat. also. Almost the same, my wife noticed more than me on who was staring. But it's pretty common here in NC. It felt weird at first but became more normal as the day went on. but good for you.
Right. No carry into ranger stations, gift shops or any other building where Fed employees actually work. These places will be posted.
Unattended restrooms (outside entrances) and other places that do not house employees are good to go.
As always though do your research...IANAL