I’m Just the Dog…

Side note: The past few weeks have been busy! I am now tutoring a woman who is getting her MA in apparel and merchandising (as well as tutoring Naema on occasion), working full time, and still volunteering at the IEP at CSU… and… I have decided to go back to school. So add GRE prep to the mix and this girl has few spare hours in the day… Anyway, enough excuses. On to the post:

Few things are as exciting as stumbling upon the Estes Park treasure known as Elk Fest. Yes, Ruth, Jess, and I travelled to Estes/Rocky Mountain National Park to view the beautiful fall foliage and we greeted by the enormous occasion dedicated to the wapiti of Rocky Mounts.

A quick decision was made to change our initial plans and go “elk hunting.”

…but we quickly became distracted by a few more-fierce inhabitants of the hills:

The stunning (and sleepy) Willow the Wolf.


The terrifyingly agile Beaky Bill.*




The slightly more whimsical (and cute!) Rudy the Owl.*

After animal hour, it was time to venture to the Stanley. They tried to make us pay, but we showed them! A 10 minute hike from downtown Estes was definitely worth the $1.66 we each saved. After all we would have never discovered this gem:

I would likely maim a moose for views like these:



Oh, Dear Stanley! How I’ve missed your pretensions and general horror…



Well, we couldn’t leave without at least one (or 37) creepy picture(s). I think we freaked out a few of the guests with these shots.


And speaking of shots, no, we did not kill any elk. Or moosen for that matter. But we did enjoy shooting the beautiful outdoor wilderness know as RMNP. My camera died almost immediately upon entrance, but I feel it’s better to observe with your naked eye as opposed to through a viewfinder. At least occasionally.

I can’t complain. The day was a marvelous 12 hours of fun, food, friends, illegal hiking, bandana stealing, and elk hunting. And wolf petting. And barefoot tramping… and picture opps like this:


God bless you, Enos Mills.





*I won’t lie, I made up names. I couldn’t resist. The birds were presented by Rocky Mountain Raptor Program, but I was to enthralled by Bill’s 180 degree head turn to pay attention to his monitor. Hey, the names could be right for all I know…


9 October 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , . colorado, My Girls, travel. 1 comment.

Graduation Weekend, Part 2

Alright… so here is the rest of the story: Graduation weekend was amazing. I got to see my family and graduate with my best friend by my side (and Bekah, my favorite/best cousin/friend in my heart). I even got to take the family to Horsetooth before the 7pm graduation.


Yes, a big but appeared in the middle of this epic weekend.

First, I got a text in the middle of the graduation ceremony informing me that I no longer had a job. Irony at it’s best. Second, my mom was hospitalized for severe stomach pain and had to have her appendix removed in Rocky Mountain Regional Hospital. So I got my wish for my family to stay longer, but not quite in the fashion I had hoped.

While my mom underwent the knife, all of us kids left with my aunt and uncle to Estes for the day to relieve some stress and to avoid causing the nurses of RMRH to ignore their Hippocratic oath. I felt a bit uneasy about leaving my mom, but she assured us she didn’t want us sitting waiting on her, so off to Rocky Mountain National Park we went.

And we ended our day with a tour of the famous Stanley Hotel where Steven King penned The Shining while enjoying a stay in the mountains.

The day may have made some of us loopy-er than others…

But no fear, we didn’t leave Mom completely in the dark. When we made it back to the hospital to visit her post-appendectomy, she was thrilled to see the evidence of a day spent outside the confines of the hospital walls.

The weekend may have been flawed, but it wasn’t bad. Mom made it safely back to Missouri and is recuperating (though without the help of pain meds–yuck!)

And hey, if I hadn’t lost my job, I would have never been able to embark on this next adventure: Road Trip West 2010.

More on that later.

24 May 2010. Tags: , , , , , , . colorado, Family, Hiking/Backpacking, travel. Leave a comment.