Updated my pebble to reflect that today is the day 30 years into the future where when Marty McFly is brought by Doc Brown to save his kids in Back to the Future II. Though we don’t have hover boards or self lacing shoes after today we can finally put to rest the Facebook posts every October falsely claiming that this is the year. This is the year!
On the third day of our trip we left Denver and Boulder behind and headed up the Rockies to Estes Park on the edge of the Rocky Mountain National Park.
The morning hike was up the Rattlesnake Gulch trail to see the continental divide.
Rattlesnake Gulch was a cake walk compared to hiking up the flat irons.
Crags Hotel, a hotel halfway up the mountain that had been very popular in the 1920’s as a swinging getaway. Unfortunately it burned down and no one though to rebuild. Oddly enough, this fireplace was all that survived the flames.
We (apparently) found the continental divide. Water on the right side of the panorama will drain into the Mississippi River, while water on the left side is destined for the Colorado.
On the way back in the distance we spotted a train tunnel that could have been right out of a Chuck Jones animation. As we drew closer we were lucky enough to see a very long cargo train go by.
taking the long route to Estes Park we pass by Barker Reservoir and Nederland.
Estes is just over the ridge and we stop for a short walk around Lilly ‘Lake’.
Once we arrive in Estes we find that the town is beset by a plague of elk, and even worse a plague of nature photographers looking for the elk.
For the second day of the trip we packed our bags and checked out of hotel in Denver and drove lengthy 14 minutes to our hotel in Boulder. Maybe we though this state was more spread out than it actually is.
In Boulder it was time for our first hike of the trip. We’ve had a little over a day to acclimate to the high elevations, why not go hike up a mountain, right?
Our target was the Flat Irons outside of Boulder. Giant red rocks protruding from the ground like teeth in a maw. This massive natural structures are basically the foot hills of the Rockies.
The hike was a struggle but the amazing view from the top was well worth it.
The top of the kick was mostly rock scrambles and unfortunately not Jonathan’s watch did not escape unscathed.
Not to be outdone, Justin dropped his phone on a rock and smashed it to bits. It seems that technology and nature don’t get a long too well.
On the way down we found a friend who was very interested in any granola bars that we might have brought.
After the hike we went into Boulder for some lunch and found some tasty Chinese noodles. The we walked around the Pearl Street Mall, boulder promenade street, and the only lively place on a Sunday night.
To end the night we found a Saloon hidden in the basement of a dark restaurant that had free pool tables and cheap drinks.
As I’m sure most trips to Colorado start I landed in the mile high city of Denver late on Friday. After finding my traveling companions at the airport, waving a quick hello to Bluecifer, we were on our way to start the adventure. The first place we stopped was Great Scott a diner that may have been a play on the retro diner that Marty McFly visits while in the future in Back to The Future II as it was in a 1950’s style but had flat screen everywhere playing clips from music videos and celebrity interviews from the ’50s to the ’80s.
The next morning we we up for our first and only full day in the city of Denver. The day started with a visit to the Denver Botanical Gardens, where we saw all many of flora.
The next stop was the downtown area, starting the the capital building. Oddly enough there was a Wicken pride festival in progress on the lawn, though it was mostly people wearing witch hats and selling holistic medicine.
After a massive lunch at a nearby Gyro restaurant we stopped by the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.
Next we walked down the 16th street mall, the happening promenade of downtown Denver. Finally ending at the train station, which still served trans but also had a fully stocked bar and cafe.
After resting a weary feet at the terminal we headed towards Coors Light Stadium. On our way there we found that this weekend Denver was celebrating Oktoberfest.
After sampling Oktoberfest we haggled with some scalpers outside of the stadium for some cheap tickets to the Rockies’ game.
After seeing a grand slam within a minute of walking in the game soon grew tiresome. We headed back to the hotel and called it a night and were in bed promptly before 9pm….
We might have sampled some of the Denver night life first.
This week I have been on vacation hiking in the Colorado Rockies. I have hundreds of photos detailing the entire trip but they are waiting for better internet and more time to write a long post.
Above I have included the view from he trail by the Alpine Visitor Center along the Trail Ridge Road from over two miles up in the middle of the Rock Mountain National Park.