Denver - FINALLY SNOW!!!!!

Trip Start Dec 26, 2009
Trip End Feb 06, 2010

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Saturday, January 23, 2010

Denver – still no snow!!!!!!!!!!! No snow!!!!! No snow!!!!!

Today, the Fogelmans took us to Boulder & Estes Park National Park, it was really lovely – initially, not as cold as we thought and certainly didn't need thermals. We walked around the town of Boulder and did lots of window shopping, its a really pretty little town and their mall is quite quaint. Lots of really nice arts and craft shops. Had some lunch there and headed to Estes Park National Park. Jeff kept telling us the temperature outside the car as we were driving along and I was getting my hopes up that if it dropped enough (and it rained, apparently you need it to rain also for snow to be produced) that it would, in fact, snow. We joked about how we didn’t believe it was snow on the ground at all – it was, in fact, foam, that was spread around to make the places look nicer (we are still going with the whole "disused movie lot" belief because even though we are in the heart of suburbia, we still haven’t seen any neighbours and its so quiet, you can hear yourself breath!)  

 The village of Estes Park is 7,522 feet above sea level and is surrounded by towering mountains. On the way up to the park, we stopped in at The Stanley Hotel – the inspiration for Steven King’s book & movie, The Shining (with Jack Nicholson). It was a really lovely old building built in 1909 (it even had a square piano in the lobby).

Up the mountain we continued to climb and the temperature was dropping every couple of minutes. We stopped at this rest stop and it started to snow lightly (not much but enough to officially say we have now been snowed on) and the snow (or should I say “foam” haha) was really thick on the ground, it was lovely. We saw Elk & deer (as we had never seen either Elk or Moose, when we found some Elk, they were so far away & Debbie & Jeff weren’t sure if they were Elk or Deer so Bill started calling them “Mooks” cross between a Moose and an Elk! This reference was referred to all day by us all, it was quiet funny). Managed to get some photos before I thought my fingers were going to snap off – it was very cold now because of the wind (and the slight snow actually falling from the sky). Jeff’s cousin was here from Austin, Texas for the weekend and they were staying in Estes village so we drove around a bit (saw more elk but it was getting dark so photos didn’t turn out but Bill got some video footage as they were right beside the road). The wind was bitterly cold now (should have freed those thermals from their packets but didn’t think it wouldn’t be that cold). Even though it was really cold, once back in the car, it only took a matter of minutes to get warm again (hard to take photos when its snowing on the camera and the temperature was affecting the cameras operation). Estes village is really pretty, it was getting dark when we got there (about 4:30pm) so we walked around a bit, had a look in shops as they were a warm relief (really quite cold by now) and went into this antique shop and the owners had a daughter who was teaching in Rockhampton (Queensland) for 1 year and they went to visit her and fell in love with Australia, even though their daughter has returned, they are still planning to visit again – its always good to hear other nationalities want to visit our country.

Met up with Suzanne & Hank and had pizza in this little pub, it was great, they were really lovely people and we had a lot of laughs with them (and of course, it was warm in there).

It is just so easy to talk to Jeff & Debbie & DJ, they are very generous, genuine & caring people and we felt as if we had only just seen them last week instead of 10 years ago – no awkwardness at all, which you may expect after all this time – Jeff is so funny – very dry sense of humour – had us in stitches all day with his “one liners” and Debbie is just such a laid back, lovely person who would do anything for you – she had gone to a lot of trouble to make us feel comfortable in their home (even though she would say “no bother”) – we even had water bottles beside our bed (due to the altitude here, you need to drink lots of water) and a big bowl of different sorts of chocolate bars, lollies & something called “trail mix” which contains nuts, raisins, etc (Bill has fallen in love with these and of course when Debbie found out, she went out and bought a really big box of them so Bill can have some for our next leg of our adventure, what an absolute sweetie).  

Drove back home (seemed to take longer to get back than it did to get up there) and so ends day 3 in beautiful Denver Colorado.
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Jeff, Debbie and D.J. on

Hi there; just for the record, Estes Park is the gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park, and it was a GREAT day.

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