Weekend in Denver & Estes Park

September 7-8, 2002

 

 

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Katherine got trapped in Denver for a long weekend waiting for a printer to complete work on the fancy program for the fall FilmFest (the printer claimed to operate 24-hours; it turned out not to be 24 hours in a row).  So we made the best of an aggravating situation by heading off to the Denver Zoo.

 

Katherine chats with a resident of the zoo. Now THIS is an interesting zoo animal. Big bear, streatching in the sun. Two little grizzly cubs, Kootenai and Tundra.

 

The next day we headed up into the Front Range of the Rockies to visit three old-style ski areas.

(We freely admit it: we are pathetic.)

 

Berthod Pass:

 

 

Mary  Jane:

 

Winter Park:

The daily Ski Train from Denver stops right at the base of the slopes. The Ski Train cheats by going through an old tunnel instead of over the pass.

 

and then drove on through a spectacular early autumn day in Rocky Mountain National Park.

 

The long abandoned Never Summer Ranch.

 Trail Ridge Road, up over the roof of the Rockies.

 
 Elk were on the move everywhere!  

...and then down into the small touristy mountain town of Estes Park:

 

We stopped by the Hotel Stanley, famous from Stephen King's uber spooky novel "The Shinning"...

 

We also visited the Estes Park YMCA Camp, where Phyl worked the summer of 1950:

 

 

Front porch of the lodge, looking out over Rocky Mountain National Park. View from the porch of the lodge.

And then it was time to head back to Denver to quarrel some more with the printer.

 

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