Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Go West Old Man – Day 2 In Estes Park With The Brown’s – 2012

After loading the car and a quick breakfast of leftover posole – just as good as the night before – Bob suggested we drive about ¾ the way up the mountain toward the continental divide, after a quick photo op at a favorite of Lea Ann's. 

These are some shots at various stops and Bob commented that he was heartbroken at the views.  According to Denver TV, the haze was actually smoke from the wildfires burning in the Pacific Northwest and the wind was blowing it in at high altitudes this far south.

We"d driven two cars up to the Estes Park and for this day we’d left ours at a parking area at the base of the mountain and when we returned to get it, a wedding was taking place across the road. 

We said our goodbyes at this point and headed back to Denver.  I can’t use enough words to express our gratitude or describe how nice it was to spend part of our lives with Lea Ann and Bob – they are both wonderful people and meeting up with them was the highlight of our trip.  As you can tell from the food, the side trip, and the time they spent with us, they went all out to show us a great time and it was surely that. 

I can only hope that we can inspire them to come east so we can repay their kindness.  One of the things we learned is that they have been avid birdwatchers for about 20 years – maybe access to a lot of new Eastern birds will inspire them.  And for those of you who read Lea Ann’s blog, she’s the person you think she’ll be.

I’ve now been able to meet eight of my blogger buddies and I look forward to many more – if you ever get the chance, I encourage you to meet the people you only know thru words and photos. 

I'm now responding to your comments and photos can be enlarged by clicking on them.

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by Almost Heaven South.

One Year Ago:  Baked Cod Ala Pam & Larry

Two Years Ago: Crab Fest At Almost Heaven South


9/21/12 event date


  1. Larry, The end of what looked like a great trek across the country... You're also bringing the bloggers of America together! Keep up the good work... Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

  2. Hi Larry, So glad you met up with more blogging friends. That is wonderful, isn't it???? Makes you feel as if they have been lifetime friends--and will continue to be. Right?

    We didn't experience the smoke in the Rockies --but really did in the Tetons...

    1. meeting the people behind the words is indeed special and I hope to do more of it in the future. I think the smoke got to Estes Park after you left.

  3. I probably never told you about the time I was driving my Suburban through Estes Park, stopped near the Divide to enjoy the snow in July, when along came a Yugo. I applauded the driver for having the nerve to drive it up there, and the car for making it.

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  5. Dear Larry, Looks like you had a good trip. Thank you for sharing your photo's. Blessings, Catherine

    1. Glad you're enjoying the pictures Catherine

  6. Yeah, but some of those bloggers you have met are a little flaky like that Chris and Alexis pair ;)

  7. Thank you for such kind words Larry. gosh! I'm so glad we finally had the chance to meet and spend some time together over wine, food and scenery. I'm so sorry it's over. I've enjoyed reading every word about your trip. Thanks for taking the time to write about it and upload all those photos. Hugs.

  8. I agree with all the warm things you've said about the Browns. Aren't they the best? The photos were wonderful, Larry. I'm counting on you to make the loooong journey northward next year.


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