Tuesday we went to Estes Park. We went too late to be able to go to Rocky Mountain National Park, but Trail Ridge Road wasn't fully open anyway. We did get to fed chipmunks. Or a more entertaining way to say it chick-munks. Here is Michelle feeding one from her hand and one eating off her shoe. Cute, ne? We fed them sunflower seeds until we were too cold to stand it.
We walked around Estes, got a t-shirt or two, a couple of pieces of candy, and some earrings. Nice time. Then we met up with Linda and ate at Dunraven. That was some pretty good food. Their mussels are very, very good. Michelle and I even ate about 3 each!! Before we ate, it snowed! How fun. I'm glad I don't live there, I wouldn't want it snowing during my summer, but my vacation, that's fine.
Wednesday, we packed up, ate lunch, and headed out. Our ride home was long and stormy. But Shannon drove well and I am here to tell of it.
Here are some more cute chick-munk pictures.
When we first got there, one little guy ran up to me, stood on his back legs and put out his arms. He then proceeded to wiggle his little hands at me as if saying "Food? Food? You give me food?"
As the photo suggests, these were no ordinary s'mores. We used various chocolates (caramel kisses, andes mints, snickers...), fruit (melon, apple, banana), and some cookies (graham cracker, grasshoppers, fudge stripes). Mmm... It was not only fun, but darn tasty.
Just so those who live nearby know, we have all the leftovers and we will be needing to use them. So, perhaps round 2 of the s'mores-scapades?
Monday we headed to Flat Irons Shopping Town. We walked around for about 5 miles! We got there about 11:30 and stayed until after they closed. 10:00. I got a pair of shoes and 2 tank tops. We ate at P.F. Chang's for dinner with Gary and Shannon got the most amazing shrimp dish ever! It was called Shrimp with Candied Walnuts. It was just that in a creamy lemon sauce with melon. It was so so so good.
Other things worth mentioning from Flat Irons day....
-We found a roaming "handicapped parking" sign.
-We had our lives challenged by a Zip shuttle (free mall transportation) at the crest of this hill. We ran pretty quick then proceeded to feel pretty stupid.
-We walked around 5 miles!!
It was quite interesting. Gary seems to enjoy what he does, or at least find it neat. After the tour, we headed to Linda's to gear up for the races. Gear up we did. Holy cow we took a lot of stuff...
Then it was north to Loveland for some Centerra shopping. But we didn't have an oddle of time. Mostly we just ate some fabulous gelato from a shop in the mall. And I mean fabulous! Flavors were both normal and abnormal, like Strawberry-Celery, Hazelnut, Piccante, Mediterranean Sea Salt Caramel, just to name some. And they were all good. All of them!
We soon were off the the races. They had a 100 lap race (which was long), trains (which are always fun), and outlaw sprints (which go really fast). Well, the moon looked really neat and we saw a few more wrecks than usual. But we also witnessed history.
The #1 outlaw sprint car broke the track record for speed. It was set almost 10 years ago and he broke it that day while we were there. He went so fast. (Make sure you read that and said so slowly and importantly in your sentence.) It was very impressive. Michelle even got a picture with the driver (whose just about my age). It was really neat.
We also went to Pearl Street. That is the old school outdoor mall. We got some creme brule ice cream. It was kinda gross because it was soooo sweet. We also got a marvelous chocolate covered caramel apple. It was so so so good! For dinner this day we went back to Longmont and ate at Ichiban.
Ichiban is a rather authentic Japanese restaurant. It's not a sit down restaurant. It's more like Panera. Your order and pay. Then get your food later when it's done. It was pretty good.
We didn't have a really long time to look around downtowm. But we did end the day with a MLB game: Colorado Rockies versus Kansas City Royals. Fancy that. It was a surprisingly good time. I'm not a baseball fan, but I enjoyed the game. The Royals wound up winning but only because the Rockies pulled their good pitcher after a strike-out and then the Royals scored their only 5 runs in that inning.
We ate dinner at the game.Shannon and I got hot dogs for dinner. Yes, hot dogs. I know, we never eat them, but these were different.
The one on the left was Tuscan style. It had chili, cheese, and sour cream on it. Maybe something else that I forget. But the one on the right! The great one was Chicago style. It had pickle, tomato, cucumber, mustard, celery salt, and evil peppers (they weren't good, I didn't eat one). It was really hard to eat, but good even being a hot dog. I would probably eat another one of those. Yes, I would definitely eat another one.
We went to Wichita first to surprise Mom for Mother's Day with a nice dinner at Larkspur. It was nice to see her happy and to spend some time with her. We went shopping too and left Sunday night.
In Garden, we took Rhonda to eat at Pho Ha. It was pretty good. We also got an oil change and watched some distant lightening. We left on Wednesday since no one was nice enough to cover for Michelle a work on Tuesday night.
On the way up, you may have seen, I finished another skein of yarn! I am actually almost done with this third skein now, but I still have a bit left in it.
When we finally made it to Colorado, we ate at Johnny Carino's and then went back to Gary and Linda's. Johnny Carino's is an okay Italian restaurant. They do give you free refills of Italian cream or regular Italian sodas though. That is awesome.
The first pirate we saw was just walking around. Hat, boots, coat, the walk and all. He was about as pirate as our costumes get. But I think that was his normal attire, not a costume.
I've gotten a lot of knitting done recently. At Chris' graduation, I finished the Snotvia. Since then, I've completed my second skeins and began the crossbones, and skull. It is a pretty big bag. With each round I get more and more excited about finishing it!