Estes Park

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I just got back from a restful weekend up in Estes Park. We had some of the best snow this season, which made for a truly epic snowshoe hike! I am exhausted from all the weekends activities, but mentally restored.

I have some raw photos that must be edited and stories to tell of my weekends adventure. But for this post I must share a design that I put together this afternoon.

Enjoy!

Thanks again for your continued support!

Long’s Peak an Endless Journey!

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After a summer of epic hikes, we have finally arrived to our final destination! Long’s Peak, in all of its glory, was shrouded in gold rays as we drove into Estes Park. The sunset was welcoming, almost letting us know that our journey next day was going to go well.

We arrived at our quaint cabin room for the night, and unloaded all of our gear. As I was cleaning up before hitting the hay I noticed a bottle opener hanging on the bathroom door! Well I guess theirs different strokes for different folks…

-the story continues soon! More epic photos are on their way!

Up at 3am

What a crazy day! I’m writing this half asleep, so I apologize in advance for any gramatical errors. I got a insane idea to wake up at 3am drive and hour and a half to Estes Park (with a good friend of mine, fellow photog) to capture the sunrise.

Best way to spend the Cinco de Mayo Ever! It is still winter in the sleepy town of Estes (and Lyons), and we were welcome by the local coyotes at sunrise.

I was able to get some stellar photos and put together a rough video of the mornings adventures.

Sit back and let your inner mountain man out!

Estes Park 2013

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Estes Park: An Highly Expected Journey

Buck

The warmth of the morning light was welcoming, since the cabin was frigid all night. As I woke, I was greeted by a friendly face peeking through the front window. A tremendous buck was happily gulping down seeds from several bird feeders, and didn’t mind my presence. I sneaked outside to snap a few photos and take in the fresh mountain air.

Treking

After sharing a pleasant breakfast with our new friend, we hopped in the car and met up with our hiking guide. Amazed by Coyote’s(our tour guide) knowledge of the park and trails we were going on, we began our journey. From time to time we were taken to hidden trails and secret passages through the mountain side. I began to feel as I was in one of Peter Jackson’s Lord of The Rings movies. At times the trek was arduous and treacherous, slipping on sheets of ice and falling in tree wells. Each challenging pass brought landscapes of great wonder.

Blue Steel

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Waves

Our hike brought us to many frozen lakes, solid enough to drive large commercial vehicles on. It was majestic and inspiring, seeing the amazing forces the weather impacted the land with.

After our hike concluded, we headed back into civilization. It was sad to leave such a beautiful place, but the memories will always remain with me. Along the way back home we stopped in Lyons,Colorado to grab some grub and drooled over some amazing vintage motors.

Caged Beast

Brit Bloke

Stingray

Lyons Soda

Lyon’s Cocoa is an old time Soda Shop, that serves classic malts, sodas, and fried food. Their chocolate malts and milkshakes were to die for, and the ‘dogs weren’t bad either. Classic Coca-Cola signs and vintage memorabilia made you feel as you stepped into a time-machine. It was the perfect way to end our Estes Park adventure.

12 flavors of fun

Brain Freeze

-Thank you all for following me while I explore the beautiful state Colorado. More adventures are sure to come, so hang around to see many more tales of the great sunshine state!

Estes Park: Ghostly Encounters

The Stanley

All work and no play makes me a very dull boy.

The infamous Stanley hotel, as made infamous by the classic horror movie “The Shinning”. Still to this day I get the hebbie-jebbies watching that movie, and rightfully so. I won’t lie I did feel a little uneasy going into the Stanley at night, however I could not pass on such a great opportunity. As we approached the grounds there was an eerie vibe about this place. The buildings that still stand today have seen many people pass onto the afterlife, some more peacefully than others.

The Shinning

Spooky Stairway

Upon entering the building we were greeted by the welcoming sounds of glasses clinking and faces smiling . Each room was ornately decorated and softly lit. While one room was only illuminated by a small dying fire. This lonely dark room seemed to be calling out to me, to enter in and capture its story. As I was snapping the following image a loud thud came from above. Half startled, and heart racing, we left immediately.

Ominous

Enough of ghost chasing and looking for old horror tales, we needed something to calm the nerves and enjoy this Spirit filled place.

Scotchy scotch

So the evening was not a total bust, we finally found some real spirits lurking around the corner. And the bartender wasn’t half bad either.

The Stanley Bar Whiskey

Both the overwhelming selection of Whiskeys and Gins (local and imported) we mind boggling. The bartender went into great detail explaining the history of each liquor and their unique flavours.

Best Gin Ever

However, not being a whiskey drinker myself (and the gentleman that I am), preferred to have a exquisite G&T. This particular Gin by Spirit Hound (locally made in Lyons, Colorado) was unique by its light, smooth, and vibrant taste. Instead of being harsh, the juniper in this gin was clean and perfectly fused with such a strong grain alcohol.

Though the chilling horror stories that seem to float around The Stanley Hotel, it was a rather pleasant place to visit. I now leave the spirits behind for them to claim their next victim.

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Estes Park: An Highly Expected Journey

Weekend Trek

This stuffy city is starting to get to me, the constant hustle and bustle is wearing me out. So I will be going to Estes Park to enjoy some of God’s beautiful country.

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I can’t wait to go hiking, snowshoeing, and photographing. I am going to be experimenting with a toy camera this weekend, The Holga 120CFN to be exact.

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I am excited to give this camera a second chance to impress me. Last time it leaked so much light that my whole roll was ruined. So here goes nothing.

-Thanks to Raymondlafourchette and joiseyshowaa for post free stock photos on Foter.com (which are included in this article)