In the seventh book in the Adventures with the Parkers series, the family heads to Colorado to visit the high peaks of Rocky Mountain National Park. When the snow clears, the park's many famous sites are on display: Trail Ridge Road, spectacular wildflowers, elk, waterfalls, and unique alpine tundra. The family's big adventure? A hike up Longs Peak, a Colorado "fourteener." But afternoon storms pelt the family during their training hikes, and they begin to question the wisdom of a nighttime summit ascent.Mike Graf, a national park fanatic, is an instructor at Chico State University and a local weatherman.
Mike Graf has shared his writing as well as his weather and national park experiences with children and teachers in hundreds of schools. Graf currently instructs part-time at Chico State University, teaching classes in child development and children's literature, and is a weather man for KHSL-TV. He visits many national parks each year. Marjorie Leggitt is a nationally recognized professional scientific illustrator, with clients such as the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Missouri Botanical Gardens, Monterey Bay Aquarium, Miami Science Museum, and many text and trade book publishers. Leggitt currently teaches botanical illustration at the Denver Botanic Gardens School of Botanical Art and Illustration.