Our kids took their kids out for a few days in late October and thoroughly enjoyed themselves inside and out.
Hike at Gem Lake and a walk near the house (new bike lanes have been created!):
Enjoying “indoor time,” including the new chairs that swivel in toward the couch or out toward the view:
I initially thought Estes Park was pretty much a summer place but we are discovering that every single season is wonderful here! The mountains are just beautiful dressed in green, brown or white and there’s always plenty to do.
There’s been a lot of progress along the creek behind our houses. The 2013 flood relocated the creek about 40 feet further from the house so now we have a bigger “back yard.” The temporary sewer pipe is gone and the creekbed has been cleaned up and planted.
We took our usual walk around Lily Lake (and the trail that goes a little above) and the views on this crystal-clear day were beautiful. The freezing of the lake had created some beautiful designs.
We hear the path to town is due to begin reconstruction this summer and we will be thrilled to have that back. And we’re delighted with the new chairs that swivel in toward the fireplace or out toward the view.
A short but sweet visit in June, 2015. We never get tired of this view or these skies!
Lily Lake regulars
This guy loved the new grass by our patio
Discussing the progress on the creek with our neighbors
One of our favorite things about the location of our vacation home in Estes Park is the fantastic wildlife we get to see from the deck. The elk on the golf course across the creek, with the mountains in the background, is such a treat. A recent visitor caught these beautiful photos of a herd crossing the golf course.