Blogs from Estes Park, Colorado, United States, North America


North America » United States » Colorado » Estes Park August 17th 2019

Another late night for the Nelsons and Walkers. Last night we joined a night tour of the Stanley Hotel. The hotel was built in the early 1900s by the person who invented the Stanley Steamer. He and his twin brother developed early meat holds for taking photographs and speedier ways of developing photos. Their company was eventually bought out and became Kodak. They then built the Stanley Hotel so they could house all their guests from back east. A 40 room guest house. It real fame came in the 70s when Steven King stayed at the hotel and came up with the idea to write the Shinning. None of the movie was filmed there. A really elegant place. Today we did a 5 mile hike to Cub Lake. Lots of small ponds, meadows and hills. The ... read more
Trail to Cub Lake

North America » United States » Colorado » Estes Park August 17th 2019

Will our adventure is nearing the end. Yesterday we did a short hike to Alberta falls in the Bear Lake area of Rocky. I think everybody was ready for an easy day. The hike was only 2 miles with moderate elevation gain. The Falls were fantastic. The only down side was the Saturday crowds. Since we take the shuttle from the Estes Park visitor center to the park. No waiting in the mile long line at the gate. The trail was a little crowded, but it is amazing how friendly people get when you get them on a trail with beautiful scenery. One real high point was the Bull Elk sighting with a great picture opportunity. They were both resting in the trees so a picture was tough, but I managed a couple anyway. We also ... read more

North America » United States » Colorado » Estes Park August 15th 2019

Today was a wonderful hiking day in the Bear Lake area of Rocky. We started at the Bear Lake trail head and hiked to Emerald lake. Intermediate stops were nymph lake and Dream Lake. We also did a loop hike around Bear Lake. The hike to Emerald lake was 4 miles round trip with about 1,000 ft of elevation gain. The elevation at Emerald was a little over see10,000 ft. The scenery was absolutely gorgeous. Pictures are good ,but don’t show full impact of the area. Tonight we are going into town for pizza and beer and then a tour of the Stanley Hotel. Tomorrow we are hiking to Cub Lake. See you tomorrow.... read more
Hiking around Bear Lake.
The Babe at Bear Lake
Chris at Bear Lake.

North America » United States » Colorado » Estes Park August 14th 2019

Hi All, Yesterday we left Stub Creek and drove to Estes Park. We are staying in a Large 3 bedroom house just across from Estes Lake. We are here with Chris and Bill Walker. Today we drove up Old Falls River Road Through Rocky Mountain National Park. It is mainly gravel, narrow, and one way. The road starts at around 8,000 ft and finishes at just under 12,000 ft. The views are nothing short of spectacular. An added bonus was the herd of elk we spotted coming down Ridge Road. We estimated about 75. We did walk to the small summit which was at 12,005 ft and the wind blowing about 60 mph And the temperature around 50. Back down in Estes Park it was in the 80’s. A great day in Rocky. Tomorrow we are ... read more
Stop on Falls River Road
The Falls.
Chris and Bill at the falls

North America » United States » Colorado » Estes Park July 5th 2019

Well we didn't get the early start we hoped for. What a shock! I'm the slow mover in the mornings and always hold up the parade. At least it was still cool when we did finally leave around 8:30 AM. We headed north on I-25 to Colorado Springs and our destination was the U.S. Air Force Academy just northwest of Colorado Springs. We made it to the academy and they let us in even though we didn't have a few of the requirements they have for motorcycle riders on base. We had helmets, but didn't have reflective vests and boots over the ankle. Jim went first to the guard shack and had a conversation with the young airman guard at the gate. He schmoozed him with the fact that he is an old Air Force veteran ... read more
Air Force Academy
Air Force Academy
Air Force Academy

North America » United States » Colorado » Estes Park June 19th 2018

This entry is focused around our return visit to one of our Colorado favorites Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park. We will take you from the meadows to the Alpine area. Our first visit was in early May nine years ago. We were amazed at the marked difference few years and a few months make. In our earlier visit the Moraine valley was filled with full antlered elk by the hundreds. During this visit they were in velvet with new antler growth in velvet and the massive racks were non existent. Likewise all of the herds were now in the high Alpine valleys and the valley was empty. From a photographic standpoint the earlier visit was much more rewarding. On the other hand there was a much greater experience of late Spring and early Summer. ... read more
Claire’s Restaurant
Claire’s hanging baskets
Beautiful flowers everywhere

North America » United States » Colorado » Estes Park September 14th 2016

After settling into our campsite we decide to walk a mile down the mountain into town and check out the local brewery we spotted on the way through. Trying to avoid getting hit by cars coming up the narrow mountain road we find ourselves taking a shortcut through some parking lots and around a few fences. All in all we made it to the brewery and enjoyed a couple beers. Knowing that it gets dark around 7 we started our walk back. About half way back we both stop dead in our tracks and listen. It's a sound we've both heard before but never so intensely. We can't see what's around the next curve but as we slowly walk up we see the tail end of a large bull elk raking his antlers on a spruce ... read more

North America » United States » Colorado » Estes Park July 12th 2016

12th Jul: Before heading to Estes Park, we had a few errands to run in town and of course we had to have some brunch to set us up for our trip. My friend had picked a bakery and crepe place for us to eat at. I can't remember the name of the place now, but it was a great little place. The weather was beautiful, so we sat in their outside dining area and shared some stuffed crepes and baked goods. I really enjoyed the wholewheat crepe, I don't think I had ever had one before and it was yummy. Now that we were full it was time to start our mini-road trip to the Rocky Mountain National Park. We rove for about an hour, maybe a bit longer. The scenery was gorgeous, and so ... read more
Big Thompson River
Colorado Cherry Company
Colorado Cherry Company

North America » United States » Colorado » Estes Park June 28th 2016

Estes Park, Colorado, 28 juin Après toute cette route, me voilà enfin au pied des Rocheuses! Les derniers jours ont cependant offert de belles découvertes depuis les rives du Missouri jusqu’aux collines des Black Hills et le célèbre mont Rushmore, en passant par le parc national des badlands. Le lac Oahe, créé par un barrage sur le Missouri, offre un paysage saisissant au milieu de la prairie et par moments on se croirait presque au bord de la mer, en plein centre du continent nord-américain! J’ai croisé en ces lieux la tombe du chef Sioux Sitting Bull, perchée sur un joli promontoire dominant le lac. La traversée de la prairie m’a ensuite menée vers les badlands, ces « mauvaises terres » où l’érosion des sédiments argileux a formé un paysage lunaire tout à fait singulier. Puis, ... read more
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North America » United States » Colorado » Estes Park June 28th 2016

Estes Park, Colorado, 28 juin J’étais déjà venu dans le Rocky Mountain National Park en 2007 et j’en gardai depuis un souvenir impérissable. C’est donc avec une petite frénésie dans la bottine que je retrouvai ce matin la Trail Ridge road qui nous mène sur les sommets des montagnes Rocheuses. Cette vertigineuse route (le mot n’est vraiment pas trop fort, il faut avoir le cœur bien accroché!) culmine à 3713 mètres, ce qui en fait la plus élevée en Amérique du Nord. L’air était sec, la lumière magnifique et les sommets enneigés rayonnaient tout autour de moi. Quelques petites excursions dans la toundra alpine me ravirent (magnifiques petites fleurs) et les nombreux cervidés (wapitis) broutant sur les pentes complétaient ces tableaux déjà idylliques! Les parcs nationaux américains célèbrent cette année leur centenaire et ils sont, avec ... read more
Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

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