I'm so happy to be able to write another travel post! As most of my readers already know, I stated back in January in THIS POST that I probably wouldn't be traveling as much as I use to and that I would be most likely taking day or weekend trips and writing monthly 'Adventure Posts' instead. However, plans changed because we received a surprise wedding invitation in the mail to the beautiful state of Colorado and we thought "Well, if were going to drive all the way out there for a wedding, we might as well make a vacation out of it!". And here I am, writing another vacation post, with many more to follow.
After spending the night in North Platte, Nebraska, we crossed over the border into Colorado and I happily had Todd take my picture under the Colorado sign. It's always exciting to reach our destination after a long car trip!
The wedding was at 4:00 p.m. and we actually got to the area about noon and had time to eat, and even go shopping. And yes, the hotel was kind enough to let us check in early, so we were able to freshen up a bit too. If you missed my wedding post, you can read all about that HERE.
The next morning, we were up bright and early and after a delicious breakfast and some fun conversation with friends from the wedding, we headed out for Estes Park.
Estes Park is a quaint little town nestled by three sides of the Rocky Mountains, at the base of Rocky Mountain National Park; thus the views from just about anywhere in town are spectacular. It lies about 7,522 feet above sea level, so the weather is always a tad cooler there. Because of that fact, we decided to spend our first day in town, since that was the coldest day all week, and go into Rocky Mountain National Park the next day when the weather was predicted to be warmer.
The area is known for plentiful wildlife, Elk, Big Horn Sheep, Bears, Mountain Lions, etc. We did encounter a lot of wildlife on our adventure, but to our disappointment the only Big Horn Sheep we saw was this statue.
The beautiful river view with the Rocky Mountains behind.
Pictured below is The Stanley Hotel which was the inspiration for Stephen King's novel "The Shining". Although the movie was not filmed here, the mini-series was. You can read all about that HERE if your interested in ghost stories. Although we drove around the grounds of this hotel, we did not go inside.
The Big Horn Restaurant. It was just a simple diner….but those are the places we love to eat when were on vacation. We don't care for fancy restaurants; we love the mom and pop places that give you good home style food, big portions, and reasonable prices.
My husband ordered his customary country fried steak with mashed potatoes and white gravy and I ordered a barbecue sandwich with mashed potatoes and brown gravy.
Well after eating such a big meal, we were ready to walk again. By now my aches and pains were gone after a little rest, so we headed out to find a trail nearby that the employee at the Visitor Center told us about. On our way there we had to drive through a residential neighborhood and look what we saw in some one's front yard:
By now we reached the destination of our hike, but honestly, I was too nervous to hike. It was dusk, the time of day when all the animals come out, and the area we were hiking was very desolate and I was worried about coming across a bear or mountain lion. I had read about 'What to do if your attacked by a bear or mountain lion' in a visitor guide earlier that day, and it scared me to death. Not to mention all the elk warning signs we saw earlier in the day, so my nerves were on sensory overload. Nevertheless, we started our hike anyway, after all, that's what we came to the Rocky Mountains to do!
In the picture below, if you look just to the end of the road, you can see the town of Estes Park.
I will tell you all about that adventure next week.
Have a great day! Amy
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