Got back from my daughter’s very early Tuesday morning (2am!). I think for future trips I will try to get an earlier flight! But the visit was great. My daughter and my sister talked almost nonstop. It had been a long time between visits for them.
The weather wasn’t awful; in the 50’s, or thereabouts, when we first got there and by the time we left it had climbed up into the 70’s. However, it was cloudy off and on with thunderstorms, and lightning here and there. It is just about mid-spring for them and trees and other plants were just budding out. There was still snow falling in the mountains and lots of rain in the forecast for the northeast corner of Colorado and on into Wyoming and Kansas.
We shopped and went sight seeing and had times when we just kicked back and visited. It was a very relaxed time. We went up to Estes Park, a nice, little tourist town that was jam packed with tourists as it was Memorial Weekend. They had crossing guards at all the stop lights because traffic was so heavy. The guards would stop all the cars and yell to the pedestrians, “Cross quickly!” and a crowd would rush across in every direction. We went part of the way up the mountain but the road to the visitor’s center at the top was closed because of the snow; yet the traffic was still bumper to bumper all the way as far up as we could go, with cars parked along the sides wherever there was room to pull over.
Estes Park is a fun visit; lots of food shops…restaurants, candy stores (one candy store had a bear that visited during the night a few years ago and they now sell sample bags of the candies the bear tore open); and one very small novelty shop was visited by an elk this past year and they have photos and magnets of that event. There is lots of stuff to look at and, if you don’t have a strong resistance to buying, you will walk away with more than you planned on.
We went for a hike along a nearby lake called Horseshoe Lake, watched the squirrels in my daughter’s back yard, saw lots of small herds of elk, and one moose who was getting annoyed with all the people taking photos of it; and even saw one doe that appeared to have just given birth. My son-in-law has very keen eyesight and he saw her in the bushes and trees and we stopped. She was mostly shielded from sight, and the photo I took is very unclear, but it was still an awesome sight.
All in all, we had a very nice time. Now it’s time to finish packing for our next trip…Cruise around the British Isles! Then, our big family gathering in August and hopefully one more trip to daughter’s toward the end of the year. This has been a busy year. It will be interesting to see how next year plays out, but my first year of retirement has been memorable!