An afternoon in Estes Park

December 13, 2011 § Leave a comment

Colorado visitors almost always go to Estes Park. Is it too touristy to be special? I tend to be an off-the-beaten-path girl, but I have to admit that I like to swing by the traditional tourist spots as well. Curiosity gets the best of me, I suppose.

I first went up to Estes Park about a year ago. A couple friends and I drove through Rocky Mountain National Park, where the snow fell on a laughing, flustered wedding party, and we climbed on boulders and caught an impressive view of an elk. On the way back, we stopped in Estes for window shopping, dinner, and specialty chocolate. The town reminded me of Spearfish, South Dakota and Ely, Minnesota – those outdoor-focused, rustic-quaint small tourist towns. I like them.

Caramel apples, scarves, headbands, candy shops, hearty hamburgers and crispy fries, truffles, conversation, and the winter shades of blue and dark green and white made for a happy day.

Don’t be afraid to walk the beaten path now and again! Sometimes it turns out to be well-traveled for good reasons.

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