There’s an interesting relationship in Estes Park between the sun and the Rocky Mountains.
We found out during my dear wife Karen’s Family Reunion in this little village at the foot of Rocky Mountain National Park.
So, in this parade of pictures and posts that will continue daily from the Little Bitty in the Syracuse city neighborhood of Syracuse now that we’re home safe and sound from that spectacular five-day event that brought all five Miner siblings back together for the first time since 1986, I’ll bring you some fun and some beauty of nighttime in Estes Park.
On our arrival Thursday, we all headed down to the major block where all the tourists hang out. After a dinner at a joint named Local’s that was heavy on talk and catch-up, we retreated to an outdoor bar with wood tables and hanging lights for a couple hours of reverie. Things were looking up.
They served local craft beers and wines. The waitress was incredibly slow, and upon return to the table and another look at the menu, I figured out the guy behind the bar short-changed me two bucks for Karen’s local pilsener and my red wine.
Yet it gave us a good place for the siblings to get reaquainted, everybody else to meet and warm up, and for me to get a shot of the moon between their overhead lighting.
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We also discovered that except for this courtyard, the old cliche that they pulled in the sidewalks at 10 p.m. seemed to hold true in Estes Park.
Saturday we booked a Wild Ride in a 14-seat jeep up into the park. That will get its own entry later, folks.
The sun as it played with the mountains on its way down up there was wonderful, indeed.
On our final night, we took a two-car caravan up as high as we’re allowed to drive in our National Park. Yes, more to come on that in this series.
The sun hung on forever as we waited for the stars to appear so close to the sky.
And the bright moon allowed my iPhone 6 to catch one shining star alongside it.
Tomorrow: The place for Redrum
Thursday: Up the mountain on foot and by jeep
Where is your favorite place to watch the sun set, and why? What’s the best sunset you’ve ever seen, and why? Which is your favorite photo, and why?