Next up was headed to the bird store to pick up some bird feeder supplies. I am actually sad that this store doesn't have a single item that I don't already have. It's fun to take home new bird paraphernalia.
Then we headed to Estes Park by way of Left Hand Canyon, Ward, Peak-to-Peak Highway, and Allenstown. It was a madhouse in Estes. The Aspen are changing and the Elk are out in droves. Everyone is out to see both of these cook events.
It is easy to find most Elk - just look for the crowds of people. We saw several groups. None bugled - seems this is more likely in the evening twilight. We weren't there that late.
After enjoying the elk, we headed to bear lake to see it. It is almost at 10k foot elevation. Quite beautiful with the clear alpine late water and the aspen turning gold in the background. Nice time there.
By then, it was getting late so we headed back to Boulder for some Vaughan margaritas. There are none better than those served here. We also chowed on some delicious chicken quesadillas. As dinner was being cooked, dad and Pente made friends. Pente dressed up for her date. Dad fed her chicken. It was a match. Following dinner, I took dad back to the hotel. His flight is sort of early so he'll be on the 6:42am bus. Early!
Hoping he had a good time. I think he did. I certainly enjoyed all the places we went - most of which I'd never been to before. I also posted a few pictures from a few nights ago. My birthday is sneaking up so I got to open a gift from TX early - some owl pajamas. These will absolutely get used. Thanks!