Why I like Birthdays at the Stanley Hotel, Estes Park, Colorado

Snowshoeing in nearby Rocky Mountain National Park, February, 2016

My lovely wife has given me a surprise birthday present: a weekend in Estes Park at the historic Stanley Hotel, accompanied by our travel buddies, Ray and Shirley Yang.

The Stanley Hotel’s front entry

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Winter Snowscape

Friday morning: our neighbors call to inform us that the snow-covered roads to our cabin are once again open, so we immediately headed up for two nights.

Friday afternoon: the winds were howling!  4 large semi tractor/trailer trucks are laying on their sides next to the road. The 60+ mph winds blew them over as they attempted to come over the pass into Laramie. Continue reading “Winter Snowscape”

Cross Country Ski/ Snowshoe & Winter Camping

A short winter holiday to the Colorado State Forest.

A two hour drive up the beautiful Cache La Poudre River is one of the gems of the Colorado State Park system: Colorado State Forest State Park.   Continue reading “Cross Country Ski/ Snowshoe & Winter Camping”

Real winter in the Colorado High Country…..

Our friends and cabin neighbors (who are full-time mountain residents and hardy folks), have been “snowed-in” for almost 3 weeks.  The roads were closed by early snow storms, and since the county does not plow to clear them, our friends have been unable to get to town.   Continue reading “Real winter in the Colorado High Country…..”

Winter Is Here…..

I am at my 8,500′, (2,600m) elevation cabin preparing for winter.
At this moment, the temperature is 28F (-2 C) with winds at 40 mph (65 kph) velocity. The weather is blustery, but the beautiful sunset makes it worthwhile to hike to the top of the nearby ridge.

Tuesday 8″ (20cm) of snow is forecast along with -6F (-21C) evening low temperature.

Real winter has begun…..