Just north of Estes Park 'city centre'...is The Stanley Hotel...the most prominent fixture in Estes Park. It opened its doors in 1909...is known for its old world charm and continues to contribute to the economy of this once rustic mountain town.
We took a tour...most interesting! There were two weddings happening while we were there. If you would like to spend some time at a grand historic hotel...7500 feet above the ordinary...this is the place for you.
We also paid a visit to Ravencrest Chalet...the Bible school where Jeremy and Broni met in the mid nineties. We had a tour...and even found their pictures hanging on a wall. And we wondered what we were thinking when we allowed our 18 year old son to take a vehicle to the Colorado Rockies for the winter. The school sits at the top of a very steep hill...and there is not one straight level road anywhere in the vicinity. We would know better now!
Up on the hill next to Ravencrest...was a field of purple flowers. On closer inspection...it turned out to be a field of Canadian thistles. They look nicer in Colorado than at home!
Oh...and one last picture of Estes Park...Estes Ark! Smile.
I met a former Colorado resident awhile back, who said, "If you go through Boulder, you must have breakfast at Lucile's". Good advice!
We arrived mid-morning...and having been warned there was always a wait to get in...we brought our books...and sat in the shade a read for some 45 minutes. It was a delightful place...in an old heritage home...with generous portions and delicious meals.
Just a block away we found the Pearl Street Mall...where we spent a few hours on a sunny and warm Colorado afternoon. From people watching...to street entertainment...and a little browsing in the shops...it was a fun place to be.
Though we by-passed Denver...we spent an evening with cousins on the outskirts of the city and did a little sight-seeing.
Deer roamed freely...even in the subdivisions...as did the red fox. The rattlesnake was a bit of a surprise...but thankfully I spotted him just before my foot hit the spot he was resting!
The moon in the Colorado sky was the perfect finale to our evening. From there it was on to Colorado Springs...which I will re-visit another day.
Have a wonderful Wednesday!