Sunday, August 22, 2010

Taking a Hike

Monday is our 24th wedding anniversary, so Mr Right and I decided to take some time off over the weekend and go for a nice hike and then out to dinner. There is a new park in the mountains called Hermit Park, and I hadn't been there yet. It used to be owned by Hewlett Packard as a recreational place for their employees only, but they sold it to the county and now anyone can go. The wildflowers were gorgeous. The photo doesn't really do them justice.

We saw lots of critters, including these bighorn sheep. Mr Right saw a bear up at Hermit Park once, but I was pretty happy to stick with things like birds and chipmunks!

Here is a view from the trail looking back over the town of Estes Park. If you look very closely, you can see the large white building which is the famous Stanley Hotel, where Steven King got snowed in and wrote The Shining. If you've ever watched "Ghost Hunters" on television, you'd know that it is a very haunted building! After we were done with our hike, we went into the town and had dinner at one of our fave resturants, a Mexican place called Casa Grande. We like it because they have a patio where you can sit by the river while you eat (the food is good too. I had a seafood quesadilla, yum! Mr Right had Carne Asada). I meant to take a picture, but we ate it all up too quickly!


  1. Happy Anniversary Jane! Oh my, I'll say you had a wonderful time! Your photographs are truly stunning, what a peaceful and awesome place to live nearby! Know your dinner out had to have been perfect!


  2. The pictures are filled with charm and beauty!
    Happy 24th!!! How romantic.

    Its funny it was rumored that Steven King was also inspired by Mohonk Mountain house for the shinning because he used to stay at the place often (the look of it also). It was the Stanley looks like a fun kind of place.
    Have you ever been to the place?