Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Birthday Escape

by Maggie Sefton



My birthday was last Saturday, August 27, so I celebrated by escaping up into Estes Park, which is adjacent to our gorgeous Rocky Mountain National Park and only an hour away from Fort Collins.  The weather was marvelous---sunny with temps in the low 80s---and I stayed at one of my favorite hotels.



No---not the beautiful and stately Stanley Hotel,

the family favorite of  horror writer Stephen King.   I've stayed at the Stanley several times and even posted about it with photos on the Cozy Chicks Blog a couple of years ago.  This was the hotel Stephen King used as the inspiration for his classic horror tale  "The Shining."  The Stanley Hotel actually has its own history of residents and visitors seeing ghostly apparitions.




This birthday weekend I wasn't interested in ghostly apparitions at all.  I wanted to enjoy
the gorgeous scenery while relaxing on a balcony at the Estes Park Resort.  This lovely hotel is located right beside Lake Estes, so relaxing on the balcony there I could treat myself to a stunning 180 degree view of Lake Estes and the Rocky Mountains behind.  So I did exactly that.  Relaxed and peacefully enjoyed the gorgeous views.  De-stressed, if you will.  We all live such busy often hectic lives, we really need regular escapes to allow ourselves to relax.  Really relax.

Of course, pictures cannot capture the beauty, but at least they give you a small glimpse.  Meanwhile, I'm curious if any of you have had a chance to visit Rocky Mountain National Park.  It's the #2 most visited national park in the United States.  Share with us.