The third day of our trip, Sunday July 29th, was the day of the wedding. However, the wedding wasn't until 4pm so three of us (since B-guy was a groomsmen) decided to take advantage of the day by grabbing breakfast and heading back to Rocky Mountain National Park.
You've probably come to gather I love food. For travel, Trip Advisor is a common resource I use to check recommendations, including restaurants. When we saw that Donut Haus was ranked #1 out of over 100+ restaurants, we knew where we were headed for breakfast!
We got there around 9am and literally the line was out of the door (and probably close to 15 people deep). Once we got inside, after a brief wait, we were greeted with lots of sugary options.
Coffee on the Rocks. We ordered some cups 'o joe and enjoyed the gorgeous scenery.
|Breakfast with a view|
Instead of car bumpers and brake lights, we saw this guy out for his breakfast. There was also a fox on the other side of the road but he was too quick to catch a picture.
We saw a few of these cute ground squirrels. The problem was they weren't shy of people (probably used to getting food) and would get close to you or run across your path #thingsthatmakemesqueamish
Similar to the night before, the clouds seemed to overtake and accent the mountain views. So peaceful and pretty. Well, until it's your turn to driver. Then I became one of the tourists I'd read about. Foot on the brake at all times. I generally don't have a fear of heights (other than an occasional urge to jump! which is normal, right?) but being on the edge of mountains in fog gave me a few somersaults in my stomach.Pepper's Mexican Grill, which is fresh, made to order in front of you Mexican (burritos, bowls, quesadilla, etc. Similar to Chipotle). I regret not taking a picture of my massive but yummy burrito.
Now the true reason of the trip, the wedding. The ceremony and reception were at Taharaa Mountain Lodge in Estes Park. There was arranged transportation from our hotel so we could enjoy the night safely.
The bride put so much heart and detail into this wedding. Rains in the morning caused them to change their plans for a wooded ceremony spot with a pergola to the covered deck of the lodge, but this view isn't too shabby for a wedding now is it?
The inside of the lodge was breath taking. Everything and everywhere you looked was perfection. The lush green centerpieces and succulents, the soft lighting and the view. Not to mention the amazing appetizers, which included Pinterest inspired grilled cheese and tomato soup shooters.
|PS - Thank you to those on Instagram who helped me |
decide to wear the heels
Time for me to insert funny story: I ran track and cross country with the sister of the groom in high school. She, her husband and their 14 month old son where all at the wedding. We were catching up and Ben randomly said, "ya know, once we see a bear and mountain lion, we can have kids". The other couples around us laughed and B&B said they were my witness. Later in the night, the brother in law of the groom switched from craft beer to domestic (maybe Bud Light?) and Ben gave him crap for switching. BIL's rebuttal was the best: "You may want to think about switching too or you may end up with kids sooner than you think". Ha!
The reception ended and we were shuttled downtown to Lonigan's for the after party, but not before Ben stopped by to his see buddy...honor of the bear, we had to take some beer shots.
It was a great trip! I'd been nervous about the long ride, but with four people to share the grunt work of driving, it worked out really well (and was a fraction of the price of flying). Until next time Colorado!