Estes Park is a good place to just stroll around town and take it all in. It is a very creative place that is matched by its gorgeous scenery, making it a top tourist destination. Plus it is home to the Famous Stanley Hotel too. We went with no agenda other than to just take it all in and see what we saw. We strolled up one side of the street and down the other, stopping at whatever place tickled our fancy at the time. And of course, taking pictures all along the way. It was a beautiful, sunny day, and we all had a great time just having fun being together.
Once we parked, we started with a picnic lunch by the creek, where we saw some fly fishermen in action. I wonder if they caught anything.
Estes Park is definitely a walking town, but there is a free trolley to take you all around too, if you prefer.
Along the river walk, there are all kinds of large percussion instruments for people to play with, as well as various sculptures and colorful murals to see.
This is Buddy, the dog immortalized in the mural. He was such a sweet greeter to everyone walking by. Or maybe he was just hoping they would give him a hot dog.
Buddy belongs to the owner of the Chicago Hot Dog Place, and Mike being from Chicago just had to give it a try. I think he enjoyed his “dog’.
Mike enjoyed his Chicago dog, and stopped in for some homemade taffy, but Larry, Lauren and I had to try some moonshine.
There were lots of pretty, colorful flowers in bloom, and of course I took a bazillion pictures of them too. As you know, I love flowers.
These flowers are beautiful, but I was really focused on the Hummingbird Moth. Believe it or not, I had never seen one before, nor had I ever heard of one either. It is a moth, but looks just like a hummingbird. I actually thought it was a hummingbird at first. He was hard to get because he never slowed down or stopped. I was lucky to get these pictures.
It was a beautiful and relaxing day, and we all had a great time just hanging out and taking it all in. Sometimes, you just have to slow things down and just enjoy.