Rocky Mountain High (Part II) *

* Also Aunt Pearl’s 90th birthday, our 17th anniversary, and Grandson Tom and Celia’s unofficial 3rd anniversary . . .

February 16

[Pulling up stakes in Westminster, on the road to Estes Park with an interim stop in Boulder . . . ]

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[Boulder, we are here!]

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[Specifically, the uber cool Pearl Street Mall . . . ]

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[It was quite chilly in the morning . . . ]

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[The Super finds a friend.  They are the Colorado Buffaloes, after all . . . ]

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[Thought I’d check in to see how my tavern was doing . . . ]

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[Karen and Cam arrived the previous night and now joined us here . . . ]

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[Let’s drive up Flagstaff Mountain to see what we can see . . . ]

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[Oh, so that’s what we can see!]

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[Boulder and environs . . . ]

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[The artsy shot . . . ]

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[We’re looking for the football stadium . . . ]

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[I don’t see it?]

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[Still don’t?]

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[We’re all looking for it . . . ]

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[Artsy shot #2 . . . ]

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[Karen was the only one of the group capable of climbing to such heights!]

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[Whoa, Boulder is waaaaay down there now . . . ]

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[Back down now (obviously) to the admonition of just “Be yourself.”]

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[The U of Colorado bookstore, just because . . . ]

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[Always pushing the limits . . . ]

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[Decisions, decisions . . . ]

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[Back to my tavern for lunch . . . ]

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[“Grilling” the maitre d’ on all the particulars . . . ]

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[Dessert?  Already?]

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[Mmmmmmmmmm . . . ]

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[If you already own a tavern, you may as well have a “way” as well . . . ]

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[I’ve never noticed any of these around Minnesota?]

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[On to Estes Park, the ultimate destination of the trip . . . ]

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[Lake Estes, a 185 acre reservoir . . . ]

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[Where the Super and I stayed . . . ]

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[This must have been at our place of fine dining . . . ]

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February 17

[And this is where Karen and Cam stayed . . . ]

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[The Appenzell Inn . . . ]

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[It was a cute suite . . . ]

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[With Cam driving, it was off to the Fall River Area of Rocky Mountain National Park . . . ]

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[Just before arriving at the park entrance . . . ]

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[Elk!]

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[Getting “high” in Colorado . . . ]

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[Oy, the views . . . ]

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[On a perfect day to do so . . . ]

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[With a beautiful high sky . . . ]

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[Artsy shot #3 . . . ]

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[Here’s Cam, the world’s #1 complainer about winter and cold weather.  Living in Mounds View, Minnesota, he “escapes” to Florida whenever he can.  On this day, the temperature was in the 30’s with strong winds.  His problem is he doesn’t understand the concept of jackets or coats when the weather gets colder?]

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[See, Karen wears a coat!]

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[Selfies and non-selfies abound . . . ]

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[Hi, kids!]

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[I can’t see a thing?]

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[This is as close to the ridge as we’re getting . . . ]

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[I still can’t see . . . ]

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[What am I aiming at?]

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[Danger, danger!  Our driver decided to take us on a road we were warned was icy . . . ]

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[OK, it appears we’re past the danger . . . ]

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[Pull off for deer sightings . . . ]

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[Your basic Rocky Mountain High . . . ]

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[Trending down hill now . . . ]

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[Horseshoe Park . . . ]

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[The Super loves mooses!]

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[Cool cloud . . . ]

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[A noted historical feature of Estes Park.  The Stanley Hotel is a 142-room Colonial Revival hotel. Approximately five miles from the entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park, the Stanley offers panoramic views of Lake Estes, the Rockies and especially Long’s Peak.  It was built by Freelan Oscar Stanley of Stanley Steamer fame and opened on July 4, 1909, catering to the American upper class at the turn of the century.  The hotel and its surrounding structures are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  The Stanley Hotel hosted the horror novelist Stephen King, serving as inspiration for the Overlook Hotel in his 1977 bestseller The Shining and its 1980 film adaptation of the same name, as well as the location for the 1997 miniseries.  (Wikipedia)]

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[Let’s do a self-guided tour . . . ]

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[The view from the hotel . . . ]

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[Looking toward Lake Estes . . . ]

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[And the other direction . . . ]

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[Cam still sans coat . . . ]

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[Hi!  Let’s sit in the sun!]

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[Inside, lest you couldn’t tell . . . ]

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[With a Stanley Steamer . . . ]

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[Nice view from the porch . . . ]

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[Why, yes . . . ]

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[We did take the old elevator.]

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[And now on to the main event, Auntie Pearl’s 90th birthday party!  Pearl lives in Loveland, and the par-tay was hosted by her son John and daughter-in-law Lisa, i.e., our cousins, in Estes Park.]

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[You can’t tell all the players without a scorecard . . . and I don’t have a scorecard.]

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[Artsy shot #4?  Aunt Pearl with her longtime friend, tennis and golf partnet, Jan, and Jan’s granddaughter Pearl, who was named after our Pearl.  Or something like that . . . ]

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[The family did a video, including stills and videos, for the occasion – here the Helena, Montana Wahlers (Brenda and Eric) weigh in . . . ]

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[And then some group photos after the “movie” . . . ]

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[Is it time for birthday cake?]

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[The anticipation mounts . . . ]

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[IT IS!]

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[Auntie Pearl, with help from her namesake, blew out the candles . . . ]

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[We did it!]

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[Pearl with her 5 boys, l-r:  John, Eric, Jim, Ted, and Tim (standing) . . . ]

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[And with two of her larger nephews . . . ]

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[John memorializes the occasion . . . ]

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[With the Mounds View Oberts, who get to see the Colorado family on occasion because Karen’s firm, The Cuningham Group, has a regional office in Denver . . . ]

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[With Jim . . . ]

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[And Eric . . . ]

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[The view from John and Lisa’s deck.  It was great to get together with family, if only for a couple of hours.  Because the Wahlers are from Loveland and the Oberts from Alexandria, we never got much chance for get togethers over the now many years.]

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[So, we said our good-byes.  And thanks to Lisa and John for hosting . . . ]

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[And one last wildlife sighting on the way back . . . ]

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[Pearl was Dad’s 4 years younger sister . . . ]

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[Pearl said Dad didn’t much care for her when they were kids – probably because he lost his preeminence . . . ]

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[And both with their mom, my Grandma Evelyn.]

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I can’t understand why men make all this fuss about Everest — it’s only a mountain.  ~  Junko Tabei, first woman to climb Everest

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About tomobert63

The Journey Begins Thanks for joining me! This is the follow-up to the original, “alexandriacardinals.wordpress.com,” which overwhelmed the system’s ability to handle it any more. Thus, this is “Part 2.” As the original was initially described: 10-26-07-4 “It all began in a 5,000 watt radio station in Fresno, California” . . . wait a minute, that was Ted Baxter on the Mary Tyler Moore Show! Let’s see . . . oh yeah, it all began in 2003 when retirees, i.e., old people, in Alexandria, Minnesota, who had no desire to become snow birds, went looking for mid-winter entertainment here in the frozen tundra of West Central Minnesota. We discovered girls’ high school hockey, fell in love immediately, and it remains our favorite spectator sport to this day. Initially, and for several years, reports on these games were e-mailed to those who were actually snowbirds but wanted to keep abreast of things “back home.” It was ultimately decided a blog would be more efficient, and it evolved into a personal diary of many things that attracts tens of readers on occasion. It remains a source of personal mental therapy and has yet to elicit any lawsuits. ~ The Editor, May 9, 2014 p.s. The photo border around the blog is the Cardinal girls’ hockey team after just beating Breck for the state championship in 2008. It’s of the all-tournament team. The visible Breck player on the left is Milica McMillen, then an 8th-grader – she is now an All-American for the Gophers. The Roseau player in the stocking cap I believe is Mary Loken, who went on to play for UND; and the Cardinal player on the right, No. 3, is Abby Williams, the player we blame most for making us girls’ hockey fans who went on to play for Bemidji State. *********************************************************************************** Photos contained herein are available for personal use. All you have to do is double click on any of the photos and they will become full screen size. You can then save them into your personal “My Pictures” file. They make lovely parting or hostess gifts, or holiday gifts for such as Uncle Ernie who wants to see how his grand niece is doing on the hockey team. If any are sold for personal profit, however, to, for example, the Audubon Society, National Geographic, Sven’s Home Workshop Monthly, Curling By The Numbers, or the World Wrestling Federation, I only request that you make a donation to the charitable organization of your choice. You have two hours and fifteen minutes. Pencils ready? Begin! **********************************************************************************
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1 Response to Rocky Mountain High (Part II) *

  1. JamiG4 says:

    So good to see all this!!! Lovely seeing the four of you enjoying the Colorado scenery and then the whole fam damily partying!! What a great turnout! Funny seeing all the photos with your dad – he doesn’t look too excited in any of the photos… Kid sisters! 😛

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