The State House

The State House: Colorado

Sadly, we had to leave Estes Park the morning after our chuckwagon show.  We headed back down the canyon and towards home.  First stop, Denver. It was a little hazy heading into downtown Denver.  We were driving past Coors Field, which got the boys' attention. But our destination was the Colorado State Capitol building.  Once… Continue reading The State House: Colorado

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Road Side Stops

Road Side Stop: Lazy B Chuckwagon

August 5 was a busy day.  We spent hiked 6 miles up and down Deer Mountain before returning to our hotel to rest for an hour.  Our final stop in Estes Park was the Lazy B Chuckwagon dinner and cowboy show. We wound through the outskirts of town to avoid the overly crowded downtown, and… Continue reading Road Side Stop: Lazy B Chuckwagon

Off the Beaten Path

Off the Beaten Path: Deer Mountain

The Rocky Mountain National Park rangers suggested a hike up Deer Mountain for our family.  They said it was a moderate hike and when we finished we would be able to say we had hiked to the summit of a mountain.  The kids were really excited by that idea, so we set out early in… Continue reading Off the Beaten Path: Deer Mountain

Off the Beaten Path

Off the Beaten Path: Trail Ridge Road

After our horse ride, we spent the afternoon with my family.  When the kids started to get restless, we thought it would be fun to take them up to see the top of Trail Ridge Road.  Unfortunately, Mother Nature was not going to cooperate with us. It was a little cool and cloudy down in… Continue reading Off the Beaten Path: Trail Ridge Road

Off the Beaten Path

Off the Beaten Path: Sombrero Stables

After a busy day rock climbing and exploring downtown Estes Park, we had a relaxing morning of horseback riding scheduled for the second day.  G loves horses, and I have great memories of riding in the mountains as a kid, so I knew right away this was something we had to do.  Later in the… Continue reading Off the Beaten Path: Sombrero Stables

Made in America

Made in the USA: Patterson Glassworks Studio & Gallery

After leaving the Alluvial Fan, we headed to downtown Estes Park.  We parked up on Elkhorn Avenue and decided to walk around a bit.  For mid-summer, it wasn't as crowded as I had thought it might be.  We were able to find a parking spot pretty fast, and went directly to another place M and… Continue reading Made in the USA: Patterson Glassworks Studio & Gallery

Off the Beaten Path

Off the Beaten Path: The Fall River Alluvial Fan

Our first full day in Estes Park, we woke up at Brynwood and headed out for an early breakfast and then went to introduce the kids to the mountains.  The plan for the day was acclimating to the altitude and letting the kids explore the town where I'd spent so many summer vacations.  M had… Continue reading Off the Beaten Path: The Fall River Alluvial Fan

Rest Stops

Rest Stop: Brynwood on the River

After dinner, we headed up the canyon to our destination - Estes Park, Colorado.  It was sunset, and we headed straight for our hotel.  We'd gotten a great deal on a suite at Brynwood on the River. Brynwood has cabins and a small lodge with a few rooms.  We were in the lodge, which was… Continue reading Rest Stop: Brynwood on the River

Must-Eat Meals

Must Eat Meal: Chile Colorado

Now that we were in Colorado, we needed to stop to eat.  I don't know that any of us were really that hungry, but we knew that once we headed up into the mountains, there wouldn't be anywhere to stop for a while.  So as we approached Fort Collins, I started searching out someplace to… Continue reading Must Eat Meal: Chile Colorado