Ed & Marilyn 'The Happy Wanderers' travel blog


We were all packed up, truck loaded, and ready to go by 7:30 this morning.

We had decided to pass on eating breakfast before leaving Estes Park, and headed directly to the entrance of Rocky Mountain National Park.

We saw several herds of elk as we drove higher and higher, toward the tundra and the Alpine Visitor's Center.

We stopped at the visitor's center, planning to grab a cup of coffee or maybe even breakfast while we were there.

You loyal readers know about my reputation for taking friends to a place which is closed. Well, it happened again!

We were parked next to a young man in a nice, new pickup truck.

He had one of those "Go-Pro" cameras mounted on the hood, just in front of the windshield, and he told me that it was set to take a picture every five seconds.

I asked him if he had been on the Old Fall River Road and he replied that he was going on that road in just a few minutes.

I informed him that it was a one-way road only, from the bottom to the Alpine Visitor's Center.

He seemed dismayed as he explained that he had driven the Trail Ridge Road to the top, hoping to drive back down on the gravel road.

We all loaded up and headed down the west side of the mountain, toward Grand lake and the town of Granby.

We stopped at Granby to have breakfast at the "Chuckwagon Café and Bar".

The food was delicious and the servings were huge. The service was also excellent and we have no hesitation in suggesting this place for some really good food.

After this fine meal, we decided to take the long way home, as opposed to going through Denver and fighting the traffic.

Jan mentioned that she had not been to Breckinridge since she was a young girl, so we headed in that direction.

Continuing on Hwy 9 we passed through the quaint little town of Fairplay, Colorado, which held some interest for us. We may have to go back some day for another visit.

We stayed on Hwy 9 all the way to Canon City and arrived back at Mountaindale resort right at 3:00 PM.

We unpacked and sat down to relax.

It was a fine trip in the company of good friends. It was a pleasure to show some of the country we love so much, to friends who have not visited there before this trip.

I will attempt to get pictures posted tomorrow. There are nearly 300 to sort through, but I promise to share some of them with you dear readers.

Now we are home and can say for sure that Life is Good!



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