After the disastrous evening at Rocky Mountain, we packed up our tent in the continuously blowing wind and packed up our car. Dirty, exhausted, and sore we went in search of breakfast and some decent coffee. The coffee shop we found was a great little local joint, with fantastic coffee and inexpensive sandwiches and breakfast burritos. It was right on a lovely little lake, and right next to the best rock shop in Estes Park (in my opinion). I used to work at a rock shop in Madison, so I was so excited to be in another funky, non-touristy rock shop.
We were able to check into our cottage on the Big Thompson River a little early, which was really nice. We stayed at Loveland Height Cottages, which was quirky but inexpensive and incredibly awesome. Our cabin had a full kitchen and a huge porch right on the river, which was fantastic.
Happy to finally take a real shower after 5 days, we felt refreshed and relaxed. After showering, we had some lunch on the porch, and watched the river while sitting in the hot sun. About two hours later, my husband looked at me and said, "Wait, is it our anniversary today?"
Pause pause pause. We both took a few seconds with confused puppy dog looks on our faces.... "Yeah, I think it is!" "Happy 4 years, honey!" So we picked up a bottle of wine at the grocery store to celebrate.
Estes Park is a pretty nice mountain town. Kind of touristy, but that kind of thing is to be expected. It was a beautiful place to get married. My Mother-in-law had an amazing dress, and it was a gorgeous, intimate ceremony and reception.
Tomorrow: The Final Days: Dinosaurs and getting home.