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Title: Dorothy's Big Birthday Celebration ~ Estes Park/Rocky Mountain Park 7/13
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(Date Posted:07/20/2013 8:14 PM)
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She's Baa-ack!

We had a lovely get-away and I had a really great birthday, much to share ~ perhaps too much.  lol

I will post pictures of RiverSong and Rocky Mountain Nat'l park in a different thread, maybe on a link to a different site to make viewing easier.  I'll have to see.  I'll just share the highlights and a few pics here and now.

Photos of Romantic Riversong Bed and Breakfast Inn, Estes Park

Photos of Romantic Riversong Bed and Breakfast Inn, Estes Park

RiverSong has many lovely rooms in the Inn and several cabins as well.  Our longtime favorites have been two attached cabins some distance from the Inn.  The one we like a tiny bit better was booked, but the one where we stayed this trip is farthest away and most remote.  It has a rustic appearance with a log wall and a see-through fireplace with it's wall made of river rock.  On one side is the bedroom/sitting room and on the other is the bathroom, jetted tub, shower and a big easy chair in a reading nook.   The private deck has a mountain view in the winter and a mountain glimpse in the summer  and overlooks the Big Thompson River ~ hence the "River's Song", which plays all the time. 


Photos of Romantic Riversong Bed and Breakfast Inn, Estes ParkWe saw very few animals this trip, though I apparently missed a mother elk and her little one strolling down the road when I ran into the office/utility room to get bottles of water for Mike.  I did see a bunny rabbit and a few squirrel (but none of the black, pointed eared Albert squirrels you usually see there, and lots of humming birds. 

We opted for the ultimate indulgence of having breakfast delivered to our room rather than joining the other guest and it was lovely.  We'd finish breakfast and then take our coffee on the deck.   In the evening, we'd share a glass of wine on the deck, too.   Didn't hate it. 

Each day, we'd drive into the Park.  We hadn't been in Summer for a while, and it was lovely.   I hate seeing the devastation left by the Pine Beetles, but still it's one of my favorite places.   When we first started going, there were very few other visitors.  Now, unfortunately, the tourist bureau has done a fine job of promoting the Park, and like everywhere else, there are way too many people.  You can still find some quite spots, though, if you look. 

We used to love to hike, and even the hiking trails have become crowded.  Helps us not to miss hiking as much.  Ha.   I couldn't believe how few animals we saw, but for the first time EVER we did see Big Horned Sheep at an area that has always been posted "Big Horn Sheep Crossing".   After all these years, we thought it was a myth.  lol

One of the Innkeepers told us while we were there she had put her trash into her truck planning to bring it to dump in the Inn's dumpsters, and while she watched, a Black Bear reached into the truck and made off with her trash!   (My first thought was "And me without a camera!"  Ha).   Her dog Boo was behind just her screen door and she was afraid for her, but no problems.  The bear just wanted the trash. 

She did bring Boo (on a leash, of course) to our cabin to visit and she (Boo) was all over me and largely ignored Mike.   He was quite put out.  Usually it's the opposite.  He makes gruff noises and says "I don't like dogs" (which of course is complete hooey) and the dogs let me give them a pet and then are all over Mike.  He didn't like being on the other side.  LOL  He did get a picture of Boo jumping on my lap, but it's so bad of me I'm not going to show you.

I finally said vanity be damned and took the walker I bought but have never used to get up the long walk between parking place and our cabin.  You're at 9000 feet (I believe) and even when I was in great shape I always had shortness of breath on the first day, carrying luggage to the cabin.  By day two I was fine, but I was concerned that I might have more trouble on this trip.  It worked out well because I hauled stuff on the seat and so of course that was the ONLY reason I used my Push and Carry ~ a.k.a. 'Dorothy Walker Blue'.  smiley54   Mike had our suitcase on wheels, but he still got winded pulling it.  The Innkeeper helped carry the carry on with snacks, pop and wine  so we only had one trip to make.   I used my Push and Carry to return the carry on and some other things to the car when we were through with them, so getting things back to the car was pretty easy too.

The weather forecast the last day was for 74 in Arvada and 64 in Estes Park, so I opted to wear a sweatshirt.   When will I ever learn about our weather folk?   By the time we were back in Arvada, it was 96 degrees and I was dying in my sweatshirt.

annnieM

 

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RE:Dorothy's Big Birthday Celebration ~ Estes Park/Rocky Mountain Park 7/13
(Date Posted:07/20/2013 8:16 PM)


 

On the way home, Mike stopped at the bakery to pick up a birthday cake he had ordered, then we unloaded the car and came in to see all the mail our cleaning lady, Marcela had brought in for us.   So many wonderful cards!   What a great homecoming.


Then I went to put the pop we're brought home in the refrigerator and look what I found!
                        

Marcela had given me a cake and a beautiful card ~ and not only was it beautiful, but it was one of the most delicious chocolate cakes we've ever had!


               

We had a slice of that on Thursday night ~ and a slice of the delicious Peach Melba cake Mike got me on Friday night.  I don't think we're going to run out of Birthday Cake any time soon!

                                           

 

Before we had our cake, we shared a glass from my first Birthday Present from Mike, a bottle of 150 year old Grand Marnier.  As the saying goes, not enough oooo's in smooth.   We had it with a cup of coffee and listened to our favorite Instrumental Opera CD in the library.  Lovely.

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RE:Dorothy's Big Birthday Celebration ~ Estes Park/Rocky Mountain Park 7/13
(Date Posted:07/20/2013 8:17 PM)


 


 



 Friday morning my oldest friend called to wish me a Happy Birthday.  We hadn't talked in years ~ we just use Snail Mail.  It was lovely talking to her.

Then Mike gave me my last card ~~~ I don't believe I had mentioned that he gave me a card every day when we were at RiverSong.  I had done that for him, along with a present every day, for his 50th, and apparently he liked it.   So did I.

I didn't get a present every day because he went a bit overboard on the Grand Mariner and my next present, a stunning apple green Imperial Jade and diamond ring.   Do you remember the Jade necklace I got several years ago at the antique jewelry shop in Boulder?   The ring goes with it perfectly!  Do I have to tell you how much I love it?


                

                  

Then on to lunch at L'atellier in Boulder.   A lovely glass of Chateau St Michelle sparkling wine and my very favorite appetizer of Pate' and toast points (I grudgingly shared a little bit with Mike).




Followed by a crab salad for me and his favorite Lobster Ravioli for Mike


Then Moulten lava cake and cappuccino for Mike and


coffee and a crustless lemon cheese cake for me.



annnieM


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RE:Dorothy's Big Birthday Celebration ~ Estes Park/Rocky Mountain Park 7/13
(Date Posted:07/20/2013 8:18 PM)

 

Totally sated, we came home and a found voicemail message from Barbara next door.   Flowers had been delivered for me while we were at lunch.   She very kindly brought them over, and while I do feel guilty about that, I'm glad she did.   She lifts weights, and she could barely lift and hold the arrangement!  


 

Wow!   It's even prettier than the pictures!  

Where's the card?!

When I found it, it was from every member of "my" family. 

Jim (Benji), Mary Ann, Aaron, Christina (and the baby), Katie, Bryan and Jack, Catherine and Steve, Robert and Nikki and Lucy

Want to see a grown woman dissolve?

Oh, yeah.


7-19-2013 


Of course you know there is more to come . . . .

annnieM


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