OMG…we can’t seem to get out of the state of Colorado, we enjoy it so much. We took a ride to Estes Park where The Stanley Hotel, a 420-room Colonial Revival hotel is located. Approximately five miles from the entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park, the Stanley offers panoramic views of Lake Estes, the Rockies and especially Long’s Peak. It was built by Freelan Oscar Stanley of Stanley Steamer fame and opened on July 4, 1909, catering to the American upper class at the turn of the century. The hotel and its surrounding structures are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Stanley Hotel also hosted the horror novelist Stephen King, serving as inspiration for the Overlook Hotel in his 1977 bestseller The Shining and location for the 1997 miniseries. Today, it includes a restaurant, spa, and bed-and-breakfast and provides guided tours which feature the history and alleged paranormal activity of the site. (From Wikipedia). The story of the Stanley brothers is one worth reading. The hotel has a number of rooms open to the public to stay and for business and wedding functions. I’d love to stay there but probably wouldn’t get much sleep.
Basement where the staff worked. The guests never saw the staff. They traveled back and forth in these tunnels.
A 4th of July hike located in Horsetooth Mountain Park west of Fort Collins. The hike to the falls is a pleasant hike through meadows and a rocky canyon to a diminutive but high cascade.
Horsetooth Fallstumble through a steep, narrow rock chute separating the Horsetooth Falls and Spring Creektrails. While the falls are subjectively impressive, families and runners will enjoy mild grades, open space and active wildlife on the short trip: look for deer, fox, coyote, snakes and rabbit in tall grass and along the forest fringe.
Mark and Eileen went white water rafting for the day. Stopped for lunch at a restaurant located on the river. Can’t wait to do it again this year.
2016 “Cache La Poudre” River – “Stash The Powder” – Rafting class 3+4 rapids…epic adventure! @rockymountainadventures Great guides, entertainment on the shuttle and on the river….class A act they are…those guides really love what they do and you can see/feel it! What a perfect day!
Talk about a delay! We are delayed about 6 months on our whereabouts, through our own fault. Every time we talk about putting something up we get distracted and find something else to do or some place to go . Anyone that asks “won’t you be bored in retirement” has no idea how time is flying by even when you don’t set alarms anymore.
We are now enjoying this so much that the kids have suggested they come and visit us wherever we are. Only the exciting spots though. To continue our blog about Colorado, we were here for two months staying near Mark when Michael called and wanted to visit. The kids are so geographically separated that we try and travel to visit each during the year but it’s nice when they suggest visiting us. We’re usually in a spot they would not get to with active things to do so this was a treat, plus he could stay with Mark. So, out comes Michael for some great times. Lots of hiking, Snow in June (with a smack of an altitude headache)…and yummy food. He loved it so much that he’s going back to stay with Mark in February.
While in Ft. Collins we got a message from Debbie and Steve McCormick that they were in Southern CO and how great it would be if we could connect for a weekend. Well, we made it happen. We went to the Peak One Campground on Dillon Reservoir for three days, and had a great time hiking and kayaking and eating and drinking. We had two great dinners at our rigs while catching up on how our lives fulltiming are going and our families. It’s such a thrill when this connection happens with our 2014 Dreamer class. I love it. It’s so important to keep in touch no matter how far away because opportunities like this will crop up. I have to say, I am lax in this department. I love seeing and reading about all our friends but my follow up skills are deplorable in this department. I promise to be more dilligent. So…if you’re in Florida for the winter…reach out!
Three of us had the best drink, and Steve had a flight of beer.
Oh, Oh, and more beer! This bar in Breckinridge was dogfriendly. So much so that most of the dogs were off leash…except Max, he was in my lap. Great place. As you can see food was limited but you can buy a bag of popcorn and microwave it.
And, again…as you can see, Hurley is having a great time looking for fish and trying to wave to Max. See below! Max is over it.
Doesn’t get any better than this. I’m finding myself saying this a lot.