Toben found us a wonderful place to stay in Estes Park. The river was right outside the front door. The girls ran right out and threw rocks, counted how fast pinecones floated from one girl to the other, and didn't fall in! (Audrey has a history of falling in cold rivers!)
We had dinner with friends on Friday night after we got all checked in, and it was cold enough that it felt great to snuggle down under the covers on Friday night after sitting by the fire for a while.
On Saturday morning, we headed down into town for the Elk Festival. The girls got to pet wolves and have their faces painted, which made for happy girls. And that makes for a happy mama!
We grabbed some pizza at our favorite pizza spot in town and then topped it off with caramel apples--something else that makes me happy! Then we piled into the car and drove into Rocky Mountain National Park to see some elk.
We found them--just inside the gate! The fall colors were amazing, the elk were huge and bugling like mad, and we saw all this from the car!
(I counted--that guy had 12 points on his antlers!)
We got out and walked around here and there, and drove over Trail Ridge Road--through the clouds and snow. At the top, we headed toward Grand Lake; our friends headed back to Estes Park.
We saw more elk and more leaves on the way home, and were back home in plenty of time to get to bed and have a normal Sunday at home.
Toben and I both said we don't do stuff like this nearly often enough!