First glimpse of the Rockies
Trip Start Jun 15, 2013
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Today I decided to explore Estes Park itself. The name derives form Joel Estes who came here in the 1860s and settled with his family. He was not very succesful and soon departed, but the name stuck. Here is some information from a local history book: 'In 1876 Estes Park was already famous - not only in Denver, but in Chicago, New York, Boston, London. Eastern doctors recommended the Colorado high country to invalids suffering from respiratory complaints
This morning I went downtown, had a mocha, an orange juice, and a bagel with bacon, egg, and cheese. I then went across Big Thomson Road to the Visitor Center and picked up some information material. The town offers a number of FREE shuttle rides, and I went on two of them to get a better feel for the place. Tonight there's a 'cowboy sing-along' in the town with a guy called Brad Fitch and I just might go there.
Before returning to the campground this afternoon I went to the Estes Park Museum, another little gem of local history. In a separate building there was an exhibition by a photographer called Charles Mace, who was a U.S. Army photographer during WWI. I'm sure that Unk knows him, so I took a number of photographs that he may enjoy. ('Unk' lives out in California. He, too, was a photographer in the U.S. Marine Corps and spent three years in a Japanese POW camp during WWII. He is Rita's uncle, and we had the pleasure of meeting him at his house and also in Zion, IL, when he flew in for his grand-grand-niece's wedding (hope I got this right!) on June 8.)
When I enter the RMNP there will probably be no WiFi, so I don't expect to write another blog until Saturday or Sunday, when I'm back in Cheyenne. Meanwhile, have a good time.