Estes Park, CO - 8/30
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Games Update

Tournament 1

Drew     3-2
Tournament 2
Drew     3-2

Tied      1-1

Denise  5-1

Today, we drove the "other" road through Rocky Mountain National Park.  It ended at Bear Lake.  It's a pretty lake as you can see by the pictures but again, OK, it's pretty.  So now what?  We even contemplated taking the 1/2 mile trail around the lake but the map showed that most parts were an 8% - 12% grade with some parts 16% plus.  The base elevation was already nearly 10,000 feet.  With that, combined with the threat of thundershowers any moment, and it didn't take long for us to retreat to the safety and comfort of the truck.

Next, we tried stopping at the Estes Park Visitor Center to see if they had any info on other parts of Colorado as we're still undecided as to what we want to do.  No luck.  They only had information on the local area.

After that, we had lunch at Estes Park Brewery.  The Long's Peak Raspberry Wheat I had was good and Denise enjoyed her pint of Timber Creek Red Ale.  However, the fish and chips were mediocre (can you sing "It's the Gorton's Fisherman...") and the service was worse.  After waiting about 10 minutes for someone to take our order, the waitress had the audacity to tell us they were short handed as there were only two of them today.  Well big deal!  There were only THREE tables with people, two of which were already served!

Anyway, enough complaining.  We spent the evening back in our trailer and continued our game tournament.  Denise won another game of Yahtzee.  Then we had dinner and watched cable.  Thank goodness for cable.  Without it, we'd really go nuts as there is not much to do here which is why we've come up with a plan.  We've decided to go back through Wyoming (I know, I know) and go to Yellowstone National Park.  It's Wyoming's last hope for salvation as far as we're concerned.  As I've said before, the southern and central parts are plain, boring, and full of flies.  However maybe the northwestern portion will be different.  If nothing else, at least we will know and then not waste a future trip on it if there's nothing we like.  But I think it will be good.

So we will stay here until Sunday morning.  We have a niece and nephew in the Denver area and hope to visit with them either Friday or Saturday evenings.  We will also have a chance to get the laundry washed that has piled up over the past week or so and we will only forfeit one night's stay.  But then we're getting the hell out of here and heading for Cody, Wyoming which is near the eastern gate to Yellowstone.  It's about 520 mile from Estes Park so I doubt we'll do it all in one day.  I'll keep you posted.

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