Warning: this post has a ridiculously large number of photos.

This past week has had some spontaneous fun. We started with a last-minute trip to Estes Park to meet our friends from South Dakota who were going to camp at Rocky Mountain National Park. Because it was such a last-minute plan, John could only take about a day and a half off, so we had just under 24 hours in Estes, but we made the most of it. It was also John's birthday, so he got to have it off and enjoy himself in the mountains.

Wandered around the beautiful, historic Stanley Hotel.
the stanley

the stanley - front porch

F.O. Stanley created the Stanley Steamer
stanley sign

stanley steamer

The Music Room
the music room

From the back
the stanley - back

Hubby & me
john n me

Hubby & ClayGuy
john n c

Hubby & the Comedian
john n z

Me and the boys
me n boys

Bought some birthday cookies downtown. Perfect reflection for a self-portrait.
self portrait cookie window

Celebrated hubby's birthday with enormous cookies
john and cookie

birthday cookie

And delicious local cider

Shot some elk
peering buck

big buck


Had breakfast at the Egg & I the next day
blueberry pancakes

hot chocolate

fresh eggs

Visited with South Dakota friends
pam n del

and Colorado friends
mary n allen

Picked up a satellite on the way home

We packed a lot into that day and a half and we had a terrific time doing it!


Beth said...

Looks like a great weekend! We camped in Rocky Mnt National last summer. Beautiful. Dianne, you look so pretty in your pictures!!

Victoria de Martigny said...

LOVE your shots of the Stanley Hotel. What a beautiful, historic place with so many inspiring things to shoot. The light in the music room is pure bliss and the angle you chose to shoot the old car is great! Also love your perspective of the hotel from the back; simply lovely!! The elk shots were a nice bonus too..

Now I want to get in my car and take a little road trip :) Hummm(n)... how far is Estes Park from Montreal??

Anonymous said...

Thx for the great pix of your mini-vacation!


Anonymous said...

Beautiful. I am homesick for Colorado now. I grew up about 20 minutes from Estes in the Big Thompson Canyon (and I have never been to the Stanley Hotel).

The dB family said...

What an awesome weekend!! The hotel is breathtaking. I would LOVE to see it in real. Oh, and a great looking family too :o)!


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