Thursday, June 13, 2013

Day Trippin'

We drove into Estes Park to make phone calls (Ron) and use the internet (mostly me.)  On the way I noticed this perfect cabin with Longs Peak in the background.  How scenic.  (No rust here.)

Estes Park is the gateway to Rocky Mountain NP

And home to a lot of elk.  Somehow it’s not nearly as exciting to see the elk roaming through town as it was to see one in the woods.

We spent quite a bit of time in the McDonalds, having both a snack (frappe for me, coffee and apple pie for Ron) and lunch.  Everybody wins.

On our way home, we stopped at pretty Lily Lake and took the one mile walk around the lake.

Lots of people were fishing, but Ron says it’s ‘catch and release’, so I always wonder, “Why?”  But then I’m not an angler.

We’re thinking this is a muskrat.

Back at the car, we noticed something that wasn’t there shortly before.  Yikes!

Our campground manager, who is incredibly friendly, got us the scoop.  It’s from a fire in the Big Meadows area of the park.  I looked at the park map and can't find any 'Big Meadows' area.  Hopefully they'll get it out soon.  So far we're not smelling smoke anyway.


  1. Barbara, here is a site that give current information on all active fires in the US. Click on a fires name to get complete info.

  2. Wild wild is always better than urban wild.

  3. If you don't like smoke, you can come up here. You have to not mind hail though....

  4. Guess it would help to include the link

  5. Nice picture of the cabin with the mountains in the background.

    I hear it's been pretty hot down around Denver. I hope it's cooler where you're staying.

  6. Right at the moment,I'd be happy to see elk in town. We did see lots and lots of antelope driving through Wyoming though. Keep a good idea on that smoke. Colorado is not doing so good in the no fire department.

  7. Yikes keep an eye out, fire season is in full swing already. The lake is really pretty...

  8. Big Meadows is an area in the western side of the park, over Trail Ridge Road. That was one of our favorite hiking spots when we lived over there.
    Enjoy your visit.

  9. I gave up on fishing. I never even got to the catch part, let alone the release. Plus all the worms I drowned gave me nightmares...

  10. Love the cabin - when can I move in? That would be the ideal place to live. I miss Colorado - a beautiful state.