After we left our friends in Colorado Springs, we decided to stay a couple of days midway between there and Wyoming so we could visit the Rocky Mountains and Estes Park. We found a nice little state park at Boyd Lake that worked out just fine. It was also just an hour away from Boulder where another friend of ours lives, so we could meet up with him one day as well. Yippee!
After settling in at Boyd Lake, we headed out the next morning to take our drive go see the famed Rocky Mountains...you know the ones... John Denver used to sing about them! (Take me home, Rocky Mountain high, Colorado...), anyway... With our love of National Parks, it was a must for us to take the time to really enjoy our drive through that park.
The day was beautiful and the park was not crowded, so the drive was lovely. The only time we had any traffic was when a couple of elk decided to have "lunch" near the road...then "everyone" stopped to watch! They managed to hide themselves a bit with as much foliage as possible (let's have a little fun watching the tourist make fools of themselves, shall we?).
The park itself is HUGE, so you can't really see the whole thing in one day, so we chose the best loop for us, to see the highlights.
We made a stop at Estes Park, only to discover it was a small town that was just another town full of "tourist shops" with the same stuff we've seen in all other towns we've visited! It did have one place that was interesting though, and that was the original home (now a lavish hotel) of the gentleman who invented the "Stanley Steamer" engine!
All in all, it was a lovely visit. There was a nice saying (by Ann H Zwinger and Beatrice E Willard, Land Above the Trees) on one of the displays at the ranger's station in the park that I thought summed it up nicely...
"...where the sky is the size of forever
and the flowers are
the size of a millisecond..."
...kicking back in Colorado, but on on way to Wyoming! Marie
If you wish to view the rest of the photos from this trip, you can at my
Flickr account at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/74905158@N04/