Day 1 – Denver
We had flown from San Antonio to Denver, a flight of about 3 hours. For some reason I had a different impression of Denver from last time – perhaps I had come here in another season or another mindset. This time it seemed very city-line as opposed to the image I had in my head with it being surrounded by lush green mountains. Not an ugly sight by any stretch of imagination, but not the Denver I had in my head…
Day 2 – Boulder and Estes Park:
Just 45 minutes North of Denver is the beautiful University town of Boulder. We made that out first stop in that region. The downtown area was a very happening place with all kinds of street performers in colorful outfits matching with the lively fall colors. Our favorite turned out to be the one where this person randomly picked about 20 people from the audience, asked them to recite where they were from, gave the area code of their city pronto and then remembered where each and every person was in terms of their area codes and last 4 digits of their phone numbers. Amazing memory!!!
As we headed to Estes Park from there, we were not sure quite what to expect. The reviews on the internet were mixed. But this was truly one of the highlights of our trip. With no agenda in our heads, we just roamed around the park. Wild Elks are a very common sight here as they wander by so close to the human population (in the fenced area). We even got to witness a ‘fight’ between two grown male elks – not that we had any intention of breaking it up!
The majority of the day was spent driving up and down to both the places but the sights were very well worth it. We were so close to the Rocky Mountain National Forest but it was already getting dark and the roaming around in that National Park could itself be a day.
Day 3 – Colorado Springs:
Again, because of lack of time, the one thing that we could not do was the Pike’s Peak Cog railway – apparently the last ride closes at 4 PM in the evening, otherwise it would have been might nice to ride in at train up to the Pike’s Peak – the highest spot in the US where a train can take you!!