Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Friday, May 11, 2012
It has been a very quiet, enjoyable week in our temporary home
at Mary’s Lake Campground in Estes Park
We arrived last Sunday. . .
It snowed most of the day Monday. . .
but warmed right back up. . .
so Wednesday we trekked to downtown Estes Park
to check out all the tourist shops before the
summer crowds arrive around Memorial Day. . .
had a great burger with a great view. . .gotta be able to tell the folks in the
campground where the good eating places are. . .
Yesterday and today are training days with the Larimer County Staff. . .
learning all the ins and outs of being a Camp Host. . .
It’s sounding pretty great so far. . .
except for the Ranger’s scenarios of doom and gloom. . .LOL!
They were telling all these horror stories about what to do in out of control situations. . .but did admit that 98% of the folk are just here to have a great time. . .
and only need to be reminded about the basics. . .putting away food. . .
after all, we are in bear country. . .that sort of thing. . .
Here’s hoping for Happy Campers. . .
‘til next time!
Saturday, May 5, 2012
My goal is to personally photograph all 50 State Capitol Buildings, so with that in mind we set off for
Downtown Denver this morning. . .oops, we forgot about it being Cinco de Mayo. . .traffic was bad. . .crowds were thick, but we persevered and got this awesome shot of . . .
Colorado State Capitol
In addition to wanting a photo of the Capitol. . .I also love city skylines. . .so I researched the
best place to get a good shot of the Denver skyline. . .City Park. . .so that’s where we went.
Standing on the back landing of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, we also got the
beautiful panorama of the Rocky Mountains with the Capitol Dome in the foreground. . .
My favorite skyline shot. . .
and a close up. . .there was a MS run at the park today. . .
and as a bonus. . .a few shots for my Birding Life List. . .
this Snowy Egret was having a bad hair day. . .
the Double Crested Cormorant were plentiful. . .on the shore
in the water. . .
gave my Peterson Field Guide a workout researching this one. . .
it’s a Black Crowned Night Heron. . .
They were also in nesting mode. . .
and of course. . .Canada Geese. . .I know, I know. . .they are everywhere,
and they are loud and messy. . .but I think they are beautiful. . .
and I want to see how many places I can get pics of them in. . .
It was a great day. . .tomorrow we head to Estes Park to start our newest project. . .
Updates soon from our summer home. . .
Friday, May 4, 2012
The things we saw along the Peak to Peak Scenic Byway in Colorado
Just out of Estes Park, we saw elk grazing in a meadow. . .
the highest summit in Rocky Mountain National Park
Chapel on the Rock – designated a Historic Site in 1999
still snow in the mountains
Scenic views. . .
Blackhawk is a gambling town. . .
driving along the river between Blackhawk and Golden
was reminiscent of driving the canyon road
between Bozeman and West Yellowstone MT. . .
Three tunnels. . .big rig friendly. . .not sure!
After our hike at Seven Falls. . .we were too pooped to do anything more than. . .
drive over to the Garden of the God's Visitor Center. . .
stand on their balcony, and take this gorgeous photo
of Pike’s Peak, with Garden of the Gods in the foreground. . .
Twenty four years ago the boys enjoyed exploring every inch of Garden of the Gods. . .
and we took the cog railroad to the summit of Pike’s Peak. . .
where it was snowing. . .we all loved it!