HEY! How was your weekend? Is it just me or has life lately seemed crazier and more drawn out at the same time? I swear I can’t remember anything anymore without writing it down. Everything is up in my brain just bouncing around. Which reminds me that while Sam and I were in the middle of this road trip we celebrated two years of marriage! So maybe I’ll do a post about that next? Who knows! But here’s my last road trip post from our trip to and from Yellowstone, so I hope you enjoy!
Our last substantial stop along our road trip home was in Estes Park, Colorado. Sam had been to Wind River Ranch in Estes about a year earlier to volunteer and I’d heard so much about Estes that I wanted to see it for myself…so off we went!
From Grand Tetons to Estes was around a 7 and a half hour drive and we arrived with just enough sunlight to go for a short walk around Lily Lake and then grab some dinner somewhere on the cute main street of town. BUT by this point I actually felt like grabbing a pizza and watching a movie in bed at the hotel room. So before we did that we grabbed a blizzard and walked around downtown with all of the shops and candy stores and restaurants. It was all super cute! Most things seem to close pretty early so I’d suggest going out for an earlier dinner if you plan on shopping and walking around, but there were still a few bars open, etc. We didn’t eat out but Antonio’s Real New York Pizzeria and Moon Katz Cafe are the highest rated eateries on Yelp for Estes. And we kept seeing people walking around downtown with pizza boxes, so I’m thinking Antonio’s must be a hit. But since it was closed by the time we made it there we ordered Dominos.
In the morning we went to Kind Coffee for breakfast along the river. I could have bought every single knic-knac in that coffee shop because they had so many cute things for sale! The last time Sam was in Estes he actually bought my Hand Shit Hand Cream (Bergamot and Lemongrass) from here (because my knuckles crack like crazy in cold weather).
We both had coffee and delicious bagels for breakfast – I ordered the cinnamon apple and cream cheese bagel and Sam ordered the smoked salmon and cream cheese bagel – and they both had the most delicious homemade whipped cream cheese. So good!
Afterward we saw a little bit of Rocky Mountain National Park although we were mostly just looking for the stables which happened to be just before the entrance to the park. So we got a nice scenic route out of it. Because we’re such excellent spontaneous day-trippers when we arrived to the Gateway Stables they were completely booked so we called around until we found that Sombrero Ranch Stables could fit us in for a two-hour ride!
I LOVED my horse. A little background with me and horses – I think God purposely puts me with horses that share my stubborn spirit. I once had a horse run away with me and jump over a lady lying on the beach instead of walking with the group like it was supposed to do. This horse – at Sombrero Ranches – never wanted to follow the leader, always wanted to stop and eat and gave me hilarious attitude when I took the reigns. However, by the second hour I feel like we were best friends because we appreciated each other! Haha…I promise. We just got each other.
The ride was gorgeous, we even had a little afternoon thunderstorm roll in on us in the middle of the ride which I thought was cool! And it was also literally cool, the rain was freezing! But it lasted about three minutes so it was bearable and I think the horses enjoyed the break from the flies.
After the ride we were headed home, with a stop halfway in Amarillo. Estes Park was absolutely gorgeous. And quaint. I think if we could buy land and a cabin there I would move in a heart beat. It’s a little outside of my usual Colorado realm because it’s not a ski-resort type area. But it has a lot to offer from the Rockies, hiking, camping, rafting, fly fishing, etc. And to me it seemed so peaceful and serene.
Definitely recommend a visit! For more info on Estes and what to do check it out here.