Grandma and Grandpa Walker hadn't been to our house in almost two years and wanted to make sure they came up to see all the work we've done. They brought Margie and Audrey along for the ride. After a quick tour of all of our improvement projects, we decided to head up to Estes in the hopes of finding some snow for Margie. Since she grew up in Hawaii she has to get her fill of snow when she can. Estes Park is just about 25 miles or so from our house.
The Stanley Hotel. It's beautiful and best known for the movie The Shining. Apparently the film wasn't actually filmed there but the mini series that followed was. We had lunch in at The Cascades Restaurant. It's the same restaurant where the bar scene from Dumb and Dumber was filmed. I tried an elk burger with sweet potato fries. It was pretty delicious. Grandpa, Grandpa and I also enjoyed some wine with lunch. I love nice weekend days when it's perfectly acceptable to have wine at lunch. After lunch we got ourselves signed up for the official ghost tour. Since we had almost two hours to kill we headed into Rocky Mountain National Park.
RMNP is huge. We just did a driving tour since it was getting colder and the winds were picking up. We did however make a stop at the snow play area for Margie to get a bit of snow. We also stopped to take a look at the Estes Park Valley.
It was back to the hotel for the ghost tour. I wasn't quite sure what to expect but since I hadn't toured The Stanley before I thought it'd be pretty interesting. When we first started planning I really wanted to get married in Estes and have our reception at The Stanley, but it was a bit out of our price range. First stop was a brief history of the hotel in the tour office. Then it was off to the ballroom and music room. Apparently when there had been a gas explosion about 90 years ago, one of the employees fell right threw the floor into the ballroom. It's said that it is risidually haunted, meaning that often guests and employees hear music and people talking in the room even when there are no events going on.