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.
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.
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.
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.
-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!