Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Summer Starting Early

by Maggie Sefton

Hi, Everyone----Sorry to be later than usual in posting this Tuesday morning.  I had family visiting since Saturday, and it's been non-stop running around since then.  Yesterday, we were in the beautiful Rocky Mountain National Park enjoying the gorgeous scenery.  Once we returned, there was another visit to my 92-year old mother at her living facility then off to dinner which ran later than usual.  By the time we returned, we were so tired we simply went to sleep.  :)  Sometimes, having fun can be exhausting.

If any of you are scheduling a vacation or even a business trip to Denver or Northern Colorado, you should definitely treat yourselves---and your senses---to a side trip to Rocky Mountain National Park.  The mountain views are spectacular.  There are scores of scenic hikes, easy and challenging, lots of great campgrounds everywhere, activities arranged by the Park Rangers going on all day and evening, too.  And wildlife viewing is everywhere present.  There's even the great little "village" of Estes Park right on the edge of the park (you drive through it on the way to both park entrances) which is filled with little cafes, shops of every descriptions, European-style lodges, and lots of picnic and relaxing spots in park-like areas beside rushing creeks and rivers.  Believe me, you won't regret visiting.

Are you planning any summer trips?


Aurian said...

I am going to Berlin, Germany, tomorrow to meet some American authors! And I am so excited about it! It will be a 7 hour drive, and I will be meeting lots of other European bloggers and booklovers I only met on the Internet :)
That will be my vacation :)

Jane R said...

My husband and I (and, later, our two children) graduated from Colorado State University in Ft. Collins. We love Rocky Mtn NP as well as Poudre Canyon outside of Ft Collins. Beautiful area! And those mountains are certainly addictive!
This year we are also heading to Germany. Husband will be attending a conference and daughter and I will be exploring until he's ready to join us. I can't wait!!

Maggie Sefton said...

Oh, my gosh, Aurian----What a wonderful trip! That sounds so exciting! And it's a long trip, too. A seven hour drive is a lot of driving. Make sure you stop at all those wonderful spots along the expressway. I've traveled along Europe's expressways several times, and I know how great those "rest stops" are with the food and other things. That will be so much fun to meet those other bloggers and the authors. You'll have to let us know who the other authors are. Maggie@maggiesefton.com.

Maggie Sefton said...

Well, Jane, you already know how gorgeous our mountain scenery is here in Colorado. it is truly special. And it looks like this is the summer for visiting Germany. :) I'm sure you'll have a good time. I last visited Germany, including Berlin, in 2009 when i went to visit one of my daughters who was on assignment in Stuttgart. I had a great time, and I'm sure you and your daughter will, too.

Gayle Carline said...

Every year we spend a week in the Las Plumas National Forest, which is kind of northwest of Lake Tahoe. Five families (friends, not relatives) gather there - we've watched our children grow up in a most idyllic setting. This year will be bittersweet. One of our friends died of cancer, one couple is divorcing, our kids may be too busy working to go with us. It will be a smaller, possibly more somber group.

I thought we'd all grow old, fat, and sassy together. Turns out, life changes everything.

Aurian said...

I will be meeting: Nalini Singh, Lara Adrian, Maya Banks, Larissa Ione, Lisa Marie Rice, Shannon McKenna and Bella Andre. And some German authors as well, but I don't know them and I don't read German. I do hope they bring some lovely swag with them :)

Maggie Sefton said...

Dear Gayle---Oh, yes, you are so right. Life changes and changes us in the process. Mortality suddenly starts showing up in the deaths of friends. Or serious illnesses like cancer which could return & cause death. Life is definitely filled with Change.