Estes Park

Apr 30, 2013

Good Morning...

Fri­day, morn­ing I jumped out of bed just as I did as a child Christ­mas morn­ing. I was so excit­ed to get to wan­der around town with Ron­da before my After­noon Tea class, because well, you all know laugh­ter fol­lows us where ever we go.

View outside my window

Before walk­ing out of my room I had to take a peek out the bed­room win­dow and this is what I saw… a per­fect sun­ny, blue sky Col­orado morn­ing. Talk about mak­ing me real­ly get a jump start on my Texas makeover.

Bathroom window

But before get­ting ready, I quick­ly got side tracked watch­ing birds and the cutest lit­tle chip­munk stuff his cheeks full of bird seeds. They were just out­side this win­dow singing and scur­ry­ing about. The chip­munk was super busy fill­ing his cheeks with bird seeds, run­ning off to emp­ty them in his secret hid­ing place and return­ing to do it all over again. It was adorable to watch.

Documenting

Once I com­plet­ed my Texas makeover, I snapped a quick pho­to in the mir­ror that hung on the awe­some armoire in my bed­room. I’m mak­ing myself doc­u­ment the places I stay which is super hard for me to do. I’m not one that real­ly likes to be in front of the cam­era.

Photo Bombing

I pre­fer pho­to bomb­ing Ron­da or tak­ing pho­tos with Ron­da… well, that is when her cam­era lens is on cor­rect­ly but even then it’s still fun. After this pho­to bomb we were off to walk around town.

Historic walk

This area is just a few steps from Cheryl’s store front “Rocky Moun­tain Mem­o­ries”. I would nev­er get tired of  this view or lis­ten­ing to the water flow over the rocks or watch­ing this gor­geous black lab dive in to retrieve a stick. Crisp air, sun­ny day, blue sky, birds singing, snow on the ground, moun­tains to view at every turn, run­ning stream… why do I live in TEXAS?

Longs Peak Coffee & Paper House

Ron­da and I loved this awe­some win­dow dis­play in Longs Peak Cof­fee & Paper House. They had dried used tea bags ran­dom­ly hang­ing along the top and sides of the win­dow. It was so unique and cer­tain­ly an eye catch­er. I snagged the close up pho­to below from her blog.

Ronda's Window Photo

Upstairs art loft

Upstairs this shop has the cutest art loft. Ron­da and I could have stayed there all day. It was so warm and invit­ing and is a per­fect place to cre­ate art. We both loved the quote by Ernest Hem­ming­way, paint­ed along the wall.

“It was a pleas­ant cafe, warm and clean and friend­ly, and I hung up my old water-proof on the coat rack to dry and put my worn and weath­ered felt hat on the rack above the bench and ordered a cafe au lait. The wait­er brought it and I took out a note­book from the pock­et of the coat and a pen­cil and start­ed to write.”

Art Loft

Art Loft

Can you imag­ine cre­at­ing here… just look at this view out­side these win­dows. It’s sim­ply amaz­ing. After we pulled our­selves out of this amaz­ing place we head­ed to Mac­don­ald Book Shop. You can read all about the book shops his­to­ry here

Quaint little park

This was such a nice spot to sit to take a break and of course laugh. We pret­ty much walked and shopped non-stop for sev­er­al hours. And yes, I had to see just how cold that water was and dipped my hand in.… it was COLD! The aspen trees were so pret­ty with all the lit­tle puffy fur­ry blos­som things on them and against the blue sky, well they were stun­ning.

Ronda & Me

Aspen trees

Beautiful scenery everywhere

After our break it was time to start head­ing back to “Rocky Moun­tain Mem­o­ries” to teach my “After­noon Tea” class. But before we arrived as we were walk­ing past this one win­dow I saw these four words… details * delights * design * dis­cov­er­ies … and of course had to snap a pho­to… how per­fect!

Rocky & Bullwinkle

And I’m super hap­py for Ron­da as her “The Art of Pen Pals” online work­shop is sold out. If you missed this go around she will be hav­ing anoth­er one in I believe Sep­tem­ber. I’ll let you know when she does.

Gosh I miss Estes Park so much!

Hugs!

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