Hiking to Eugenia Mine in Rocky Mountain National Park

Hiking to Eugenia Mine in Rocky Mountain National Park

We are hiking to the Eugenia Mine where there is the remains of an old miner’s cabin, tailings and old mining equipment in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado.

Hiking Deer Mountain at Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado

Hiking Deer Mountain at Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado.

Fall Colors 2011 Aspens Turning In The Rocky Mountains

Fall Colors in Colorado

Ride along with us in our 1930 Ford Model A street rod as we look for beautiful aspens turning golden yellow in and near Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado.

Rock Climbing At Rocky Mountain National Park To Chasm Falls

The official map handed to us by the very pleasant Park Ranger at the Fall River Entrance Station on Colorado Hwy 34 is titled “Roaming the Rockies” – which of course we thought was a grand idea! Our 1930 Ford Model A street rod had adjusted to the mountain air and was ready to roll!

After checking out the map — like a good navigator should — we decided on our Y’dstoti route: Old Fall River Road. It was marked as unpaved, “one-way up only; closed in winter,” was nine miles long with falls, trails, and switchbacks. The perfect fall drive!

We couldn’t help stopping at Chasm Falls to do a little rock climbing and experience Rocky Mountain National Park up close and personal. Y’dstoti – its worth the trip!

Elk Sighting In Rocky Mountain National Park

Elk sighting in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado.

This was the time of year for the elk rut so we were on the look-out for the bulls and their harems. You’ll be surprised where we found the bull, resting and saving his energy for the rutting and bugling! Unfortunately we didn’t time it right to really get in on the action, but we were still thrilled to see some of these marvelous creatures!

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Ydstoti At The Stanley Hotel In Estes Park

Our stay at the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado.

Breathtaking mountain views, a history lesson that seems to come to life, and a bit of adventure are an enticing combination — you get all of the above when staying at the Stanley Hotel. My husband and I recently stayed at “The Stanley.” We had reserved a “historic room” but on our arrival were upgraded to a “deluxe king” which was divine. We were in room 232 in the main hotel, the room above the Music Room.

We love to stay in historical hotels, but one thing they all seem to share is lack of bathroom lighting and counterspace. The Stanley is no exception. Our bathroom was large with a nice showerhead on the tub/shower unit, and Archive brand toiletries — I adore the Green Tea & Willow soap. The wireless internet was extremely fast. StarBucks in the basement of the Hotel was perfect for grabbing a coffee and a treat to go. But, because of that and the Cascades Restaurant, there isn’t in-room coffee.

We did take the Historic Ghost and History Tour. Learning about the history of the hotel and the Estes Park area is worth the price; learning about the hotel’s ghostly history is interesting. We did a bit of our own investigating later in the evening and to our surprise “caught” a voice that neither of us heard. Very intriguing. (Its on our YouTube channel if you want to listen: YdstotiDotCom.)

Overall, we find the Stanley Hotel to be worth every penny. It is clean, has great service, is conveniently located to RMNP and Estes Park activities, and should be appreciated for the historic gem it is. We will be back.