Saturday morning, we went to Notchtop Bakery for coffee and then took Eric and Brenda to see the Stanley Hotel. We ran across Wile E. Coyote at the Stanley. We got to hear him bark/howl, and when another coyote answered back, he bolted off toward the noise.
After shopping around town a bit, we headed into the park and went to Sprague Lake for its beautiful views.
Then Eric and Mike had contests of who could slide the farthest on the ice. I only tried to slide once, which resulted in a nice purple flower that blossomed on my knee.
Then we had lunch back at the cabin. We intended to do a more serious snowshoe, like this one we did last year, but Mike's ankle was ouchy and Brenda was sick. (Which was lucky for us because Eric and Brenda would have run us into the ground. They're hyper health nuts.) So instead we hiked into Morraine Park from the Y.
I took us on the long loop back to camp, rather than the well-marked trail. The trail was rather hard to find under 2-3 feet of snow, so I did get us ever so slightly lost. The sun was close to setting and we heard a pack of coyotes all howling together. It was one of the coolest things I've ever heard. Brenda thought it was less cool and didn't appreciate my jokes about us being eaten alive by coyotes as we were lost in the woods. Luckily, we made it. We had dinner at Poppy's, followed by another puzzle at home and a game of Ticket to Ride.
On Sunday, we went into the park for one last time. We hiked to Alberta Falls. Here Brenda and I are watching Mike and Eric make questionable choices while climbing on the frozen waterfall. Brenda and I did a lot of looking on while our husband made questionable choices involving water and ice this weekend.
We parted ways and Mike and I had lunch at Notchtop. It was delicious! I never like the food in Estes, so I'll definitely add this to my repertoire. Today marks 9 years since the fateful day that we started flirting one lonely Valentine's Day long ago. I love you, Mike!