Up The Mountain

Apr 29, 2013

Heading to the mountains

Col­orado ~ anoth­er amaz­ing place to add to my “Trav­el­ing Apron” sam­pler. Thurs­day, after­noon Ron­da drove me to Estes Park so I could teach a few class­es at Rocky Moun­tain Mem­o­ries. Cheryl sug­gest­ed that as Ron­da brought me to the store she take the scenic route through the moun­tains and good­ness am I ever so grate­ful for the sug­ges­tion. The views were sim­ply amaz­ing. I could eas­i­ly trade liv­ing in the sub­urbs and live in the Rocky Moun­tains. I’ve nev­er felt so at home in all my life.

Ronda Ann taking photos

This is just one of the stops along the way to Cheryl’s store in Estes Park. The scenery was sim­ply stun­ning. Every turn was tru­ly a pic­ture post­card view. I loved hear­ing all the birds singing and chirp­ing as well as the water run­ning down the stream. The crisp air was so refresh­ing and see­ing snow still on the ground made the view even more pic­turesque.

Stops along the way

While Ron­da and I were tak­ing pho­tos of the gor­geous view I decid­ed we need­ed a pho­to of the two of us to mark the begin­ning of our adven­ture. Now mind you Ron­da is the best at tak­ing self por­traits in one shot. Well this time it did­n’t quite go as planned.

Me & Ronda Ann

Take one… out of focus… what! Ron­da: OMGOSH my lens is com­ing off.

Me & Ronda Ann take 2

Take two… cam­era takes an unplanned pho­to.

Me & Ronda Ann Take 3

Take three… Me: Wait where do I look? Ron­da: At the lens… and again cam­era takes anoth­er ran­dom pho­to.

Me & Ronda Ann Take 4

Take four… Ron­da: ok the lens is on, remem­ber no dou­ble chins, look at the lens, cam­era takes anoth­er unplanned pho­to. I burst into laugh­ter.

Me & Ronda Ann Take 5

Take five… final­ly, a pho­to of two friends hav­ing a great time and enjoy­ing the moment. Love it!

Stops along the way

St. Malo's Chapel On The Rock

This beau­ti­ful spot is Saint Mal­o’s Chapel on a Rock. It is just north of Allenspark, Col­orado on Route 7. Mount Meek­er is the back­drop for the Chapel and makes the view even more stun­ning.

There was a pret­ty fun­ny moment pri­or to tak­ing this pho­to. As we were dri­ving along Route 7 I’m look­ing out the pas­sen­ger side win­dow and all of a sud­den Ron­da yells, OMGOSH, LOOK. Well I scream WHAT as I’m think­ing we are about to hit an elk or some­thing. Ron­da points out her win­dow and we see the stun­ning view of the chapel. Ron­da quick­ly whips her car off to the side of the road which is when I near­ly wet my pants because there is NO guard rail and well, I’m about 1 yard from the drop off of death. I ask her if it’s okay to park here because I’m think­ing one lit­tle tap from an oncom­ing car and it’s the drop off of death for me. She assures me it’s fine and tells me to get my Texas self out of the car and not to make her mad or she’ll just push me over the edge. Which hon­est­ly it would only take a slight tap and I’d be wish­ing I was wear­ing a para­chute.

After that enter­tain­ing moment I run across the street to take pho­tos and as I’m look­ing around I see these real­ly big tracks in the snow  down below. Well, me being me I ask her in a quite con­cerned voice. Ron­da, what are those tracks down there… they look awful­ly big. Ron­da in typ­i­cal Ron­da fash­ion hold­ing her cam­era, turns her head and answers… the human kind. Then con­tin­ues on tak­ing more pho­tos. I burst out laugh­ing because hon­est­ly, I was about to high­tail it back to the car as I had no clue what they were. Not one of my proud­est moments but cer­tain­ly one of my fun­nier moments.

Grazing Elk

As we drove into Estes Park we saw elk all over. They were graz­ing in fields, on the side of the road, eat­ing bush­es in yards, and steal­ing bird seed from feed­ers. It was tru­ly an amaz­ing site. Once we got to Cheryl’s store we unloaded all my class sup­plies, got a quick tour of Rocky Moun­tain Mem­o­ries then we fol­lowed her to the cab­in where Ron­da and I spent the next few days.

Welcome to Redemption Cabin

Cheryl and her hus­band Rick ren­o­vat­ed this cab­in and did an amaz­ing job at mix­ing the old and the new togeth­er. The name of the cab­in is “Redemp­tion Cab­in” and I plan on doing an entire blog post about this quaint lit­tle place on my blog as it is per­fect to stay at for any Estes Park vis­it or vaca­tion.

Cabin view

This is the view as you walk out of the door of the cab­in. Such a beau­ti­ful site and Fri­day, the sky was the bluest of blues, the air was light and crisp and the birds sang the most amaz­ing songs. I was in love with Estes Park and I had­n’t even ful­ly stepped out the door.

If you want to read Ron­da’s view of our day you can read about it here. And FYI… Ron­da has a great online work­shop start­ing soon called “The Art of Pen Pals”. Reg­is­tra­tion begins today at 7 am Moun­tain Time. Click HERE to reg­is­ter as seat­ing is lim­it­ed.

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