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Colorado Day 2
4 Aug 2017
After landing in Denver late the previous night and staying at an airport hotel, we drove to Estes Park. Shortly after arriving, we had tickets for a tour of the Stanley Hotel. Besides being a grand old hotel from another era, it was also the setting for a Stephen King movie, The Shining, plus a few other movies. Since we were running a little ahead of schedule, we checked out the Fall River Visitor Center in preparation for our trip into Rocky Mountain National Park the next day so we could spend more time in the park. We spent the evening exploring the downtown area.

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COLORADO INDEX | DAY 3
02-001 Cows 02-002 Pipeline Over Road 02-004 Rocks
We are clearly out of the city.
I have no idea what's flowing through this pipeline, but I'm just going to assume it's fresh water from the mountains.
Some of the landscape around here looks like it belongs in the desert
02-006 Wooden Bridge 02-007 Road and Mountains 02-008 Mountain
The overpasses around here are pretty fancy.
Headed into the Rockies
The landscape is looking more and more like the mountains
02-009 Road and Mountains 02-010 Estes Park Sign 02-012 Lake & Mountains
Headed into the Rockies
We reached our first destination, Estes Park, gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park.
Estes Park has amazing scenery
02-013 Stanley Hotel 02-015 Park Theatre 02-016 Fall River
The Stanley Hotel, we'll be headed there for a tour later in the day
The historic Park Theatre
The Fall River flows through Estes Park
02-018 Michael on Rock Saddle 02-020 Mom on Rock Saddle 02-021 Rock Saddle
It's not a horse, but riding a rock is also less dangerous.
It's not a horse, but riding a rock is also less dangerous.
It's not a horse, but riding a rock is also less dangerous.
02-022 Mountain Lion Statue 02-023 Flowers 02-024 Wapiti Pub
Here's hoping this is the only mountain lion we get close to in the wild
The flowers in places with shorter summers always seem to bloom more brilliantly
We had lunch out on the patio at the Wapiti Pub
02-025 Wapiti Pub 02-026 Road & Mountain 02-027 Fall River
We had lunch out on the patio at the Wapiti Pub
Downtown Estes Park is nestled right amount the mountains.
The Fall River flows through Estes Park
02-028 Wapiti Pub 02-034 Stanley Hotel Taxi 02-035 Stanley Hotel Exterior
We had lunch out on the patio at the Wapiti Pub
A London taxi greets visitors as they arrive at the Stanley Hotel
The Stanley Hotel reminds me of the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island (see my Michigan photos)
02-037 Stanley Steamer 02-038 Stanley Steamer 02-039 Grand Staircase
An authentic Stanley Steamer is parked in the lobby of the Stanley Hotel
The warm and cozy lobby of the Stanley Hotel
The grand staircase leads to the guest rooms
02-040 Dollhouse from The Shining 02-042 Stanley Argand Stove 02-044 Stanley Hotel Sign
This dollhouse was a prop from when The Shining was filmed here
Stanley Argand stove
The Stanley hotel is a grand old historic hotel in the mountains of Estes Park
02-045 Stanley Hotel Exterior 02-046 Stanley Hotel Exterior 02-047 Stanley Hotel Taxi
The Lodge at the Stanley hotel is a slightly scaled down replica of the main building
The concert hall at the Stanley Hotel
The main driveway of the Stanley Hotel along with its London cab
02-048 Stanley Hotel Taxi 02-049 Billiard Room 02-050 Billiard Ball Rack
They Stanley's London cab is a long way from Britain in the mountains
The billiard room
The billiard room is still adorned with a billiard ball rack
02-052 Ballroom Fireplace 02-053 Ballroom Piano 02-055 Freelan Stanley Portait
The ballroom fireplace
No ballroom is complete without a grand piano
Freelan Stanley, the man who started it all
02-056 Showroom 02-057 Hallway 02-058 Staircase Portait
The hotel's small performance venue
Walking the guestroom halls
Not sure who this guy is but his reflection in the mirror is a bit creepy
02-060 Room 217 02-064 Tunnel 02-065 Stanley Film Plate
Room 217 is where Stephen King stayed when he got the idea to write The Shining
Exploring the tunnels below the hotel
Freelan Stanley made his fortune by manufacturing the Stanley dry photographic plate and later selling it to Eastman-Kodak.
02-068 Front Porch 02-069 View from Front Porch 02-072 Stanley Hotel Exterior
The front porch of the Stanley reminds me of the Grand Hotel in Mackinac Island (see my Michigan photos)
Looking out from the front porch over the hedge maze
The front of the Stanley Hotel and its grand front porch
02-073 Hedge Maze 02-078 Mom with Stuffed Moose & Bear 02-079 Mountains
The hedge maze at the Stanley Hotel
My mother made some friends at the Fall River Visitor Center
Catching a glimpse of Rocky Mountain National Park where we'll be heading tomorrow
02-080 Fall River Visitor Center Sign 02-085 Elk 02-086 Elk
We stopped at the Fall River Visitor Center to get a head start on tomorrow's trip into Rocky Mountain National Park
This elk was just hanging out along the road near our hotel
This elk was just hanging out along the road near our hotel
02-087 Elk 02-090 Deer Crest Resort Yard 02-092 Hummingbirds
This elk was just hanging out along the road near our hotel
The backyard of our hotel along the Fall River
There were so many hummingbirds outside the door of our room
02-094 Deer Crest Resort Sign & Mountains 02-099 Wild Rose Restaurant 02-102 Park Theatre
We stayed at the Deer Crest Resort
We took advantage of the good weather and dined outside at The Wild Rose
The historic Park Theatre at sunset
02-103 Scramble Crosswalk Sign 02-104 Flowers 02-107 Downtown Estes Park
All intersections in all cities should be scramble crossings. They work so well.
The flowers in places with shorter summers always seem to bloom more brilliantly
Downtown Estes Park
02-109 Waffle Cone Machine 02-112 Danish Cone Factory 02-113 Park Theatre
This 61 year old waffle cone maker is still cranking out cones at the Danish Cone Factory.
Stopping at the Danish Cone Factory for a late evening treat
The historic Park Theatre is lit in neon at night
02-114 Fake Tree in Hotel Room
Our hotel room has a fake tree on the wall. We're officially in the mountains.

COLORADO INDEX | DAY 3

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