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


North America » United States » Colorado » Estes Park August 19th 2012

We took Old Fall River Road in Rocky Mountain National Park up to the Alpine Visitor Center. This is a great dirt road winding one way up 9 miles with lots of switchbacks. Not for the faint of heart with no guardrails and some tight drops. Many years ago we had to go the wrong way (downhill) late at night when Trail Ridge Road was closed unexpectedly for road repairs. Going up is much nicer with time to look at the mountain scenery. We stopped along the way to see many small waterfalls and some wildlife including deer and pika. We topped the day off with a good round of miniature golf - a Kaiser favorite. Dean won, as always, and Mary Ann was a close second with 2 hole in ones and too many over ... read more
Mountain View
Mary Ann

North America » United States » Colorado » Estes Park August 18th 2012

Beautiful sunny day in Rocky Mountain National Park today with temperatures in the low 70s in Estes Park and in the low 50s at 12,000 feet in RMNP. Did some short climbs up trails to sit on top of rocks and watched a lot of wildlife and amazing scenic mountain views. We saw more Elk on this journey than we have in the past. At night we went to the Senior Rodeo at the Estes Fairgrounds. Watched bronco and steer riding, all kinds of ropping, mutton busting (kids holding on for dear life aboard a sheep), and barrel racing. The horses and riders were amazing.... read more
Sean in the mountains
Sean, Mary Ann, & Drew
Dean & Drew

North America » United States » Colorado » Estes Park August 17th 2012

We spent today walking around town through the shops. We also took 2 hours to do a horseback ride into Rocky Mountain National Park with Jackson Stables out of the YMCA in Estes Park. Amazing scenery, some trotting (which Mary Ann didn't expect), and lots of narrow trails up and down some very steep areas. Sean rode Renegade, Drew rode Redneck, Mary Ann rode Noodle, and Dean rode Uno. Noodle was most interested in getting fly swatted by Redneck's tail and eating and Uno wasn't really interested in riding unless he was told to. The ride was a lot of fun and took us to spots we normally wouldn't see in the park. When we got back to our hotel we were surprised to see the guests waiting for us in the parking lot and grazing ... read more
Bronco Sean
Estes Clock
Ore Cart

North America » United States » Colorado » Estes Park August 16th 2012

Our destination today was diverted from Grand Junction to Denver to drop off the damaged rental car. It's about a 6 hour drive so we had plenty of time to watch the scenery, movies, and work on summer school packets! Silverton is along the journey so we stopped in town to watch the train pull in and grab some good ice cream. Feeling better with a new vehicle that doesn't have wind blowing thru the plastic on the window. From Denver we headed to Estes Park just in time to check in to our hotel and call it a night.... read more
Lone Flower
After the deer

North America » United States » Colorado » Estes Park August 10th 2011

Mike and I went to Rocky Mountain National Park.... read more
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North America » United States » Colorado » Estes Park April 2nd 2011

Family Vacation for 2011 is just around the corner. This year all of us get to go! Well excluding the dogs and cats. All places should really be pet friendly. Well maybe not all the pets. The dogs would be a blast though. So this year we aren't venturing very far from home. Just a little drive up to Estes Park. But we did something new this year and rented a house. Which is working out rather well so far. With 3 bedrooms we all get our privacy. I believe it has a couple of bathrooms which will be great. The feature we like best though is the hot tub and over sized hammock. :) Well I'll keep you all updated as we go. Pictures as they come. ... read more

North America » United States » Colorado » Estes Park August 15th 2010

We spent most of the day riding through Rocky Mountain National Park taking in the beautiful mountain vistas. The weather was sunny and in the mid 60s when we left Estes and went down to the 50s as we increased in elevation through the park. There was a lot of Elk visible in the park - mostly laying down a good distance from the road. We walked on a few trails to see the mountains a bit clearer. And as we have in the past we stopped at the Continental Divide as we always marvel that water flows in 2 different directions at this spot. Saw lots of motorcycles - Dean's sending a note to Santa for his 50th birthday. And we also saw a lot of bicycles - it's hard to believe that they climb ... read more
Mountain View in Rocky Mountain Nat'l Park
Alpine Tundra along Trail
Chipmunk in Rocky Mountain Nat'l Park

North America » United States » Colorado » Estes Park August 14th 2010

We started our journey early this morning at the airport in Philadelphia. Flight was great and arrived on time in Denver. Our first venture was to Sheplers in Denver so that Drew could check out some western wear there. He has a thing for belt buckles and found 3 there that he liked along with a new cowboy hat. From there we headed toward Estes Park and on the way we stopped in Boulder. There was quite a bit going on down Pearl Street. Sean assisted a street performer that was double jointed and got himself out of a straight jacket - an interesting sight. Back on the road and to Estes Park where we settled in and walked around town. Drew found 3 more belt buckles and Sean found a Colorado Rockies hat and shirt ... read more
Patiently Waiting to Leave
Train Station Project in Boulder
Boulder Street Performer

North America » United States » Colorado » Estes Park September 25th 2009

Our last day in RMNP was sunny with bright blue skies and fluffy clouds., temps weren’t bad either. The Trail Ridge Rd was still closed so we decided to do a geological interest driving tour (Frank always finds these books) around Estes Park. Going out of the campground we saw elk grazing through the campsites. There were also quite a few at the Visitors Center in Estes Park. The drive was very scenic and took us through the Big Thompson River canyon. Frank found some interesting rocks on his roadside stops. We got back to Estes Park around noon and I did some grocery shopping. Then we checked into a campsite to wait for Gary the RV Repairman. He showed up with the part before 3:00pm and it worked!! Thank you Lord! Tomorrow we will head ... read more

North America » United States » Colorado » Estes Park August 9th 2009

My trip to the Colorado Rockies began on Thursday, August 6th. We got into Denver about 11:30 pm. It was rediculous. My mom picked the rental car. A Kia Spectra. Now she wants to buy the car. :S The first day (Friday) I got up "early". My spirit was quickly dampened because I realized that Mountain Time is one hour behind what I have been living in. So, Central Time, I woke up about 8:00. On Friday, we took a tram up to the top of one of the mountains. We being my mother and I. We stayed with my grandparents at their time share house. It was amazingly awesome. Mom bought lunch. Grandpa bought dinner. Amy climbed the mountain in the back yard. My mother and I went shopping for most of the day on ... read more
Mount Olympus
For Ian

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