|Harrison, fruitlessly searching for an un-photographed elk|
|For the tourist with a sense of humor|
|Chocolate-dipped pretzels, brownies, and yes–Twinkies|
We broke our own visiting rule because Harrison needed to pick up his permit from the Backcountry office for his annual, solo, hike-up-a-mountain “vision quest.” I will add here that these became solo excursions for him following the year in which I voluntarily hiked up a mountain with him and 1. ended up pitching the tent in snow, 2. almost died of hypothermia, 3. was presented with a scenically open-air toilet perched on a wooden platform, so as to give the bears a better view, and 4. subsequently almost died on a narrow, ice-slicked, ledge-overlooking-a-steep plunge on the way back down said mountain. Since then I have kept my camping adventures to lower elevations. But I digress.
|Harrison, fondly reminiscing about that time he almost killed me on that mountain|
Back to the food. We were sadly disappointed to see that Pura Vida, a little Costa Rican restaurant with great ceviche and fried yucca, had closed since our last visit. Instead we headed over to Nepal’s Cafe, a tiny, decidedly non-service-oriented place that nonetheless has wonderful food. We grabbed an outdoor table for some people watching, and ordered some of our favorites.
|Chat samosa, drizzled with yogurt and tamarind and topped with fresh cilantro and puffed rice|
We then did the obligatory downtown loop, checking out the various sweets and sights:
|A display of Denver-made Hammond’s candies at one of the sweet shops|
|Dipped waffle cones, waiting for Moose tracks ice cream|
|Chocolate-dipped strawberries–I resisted, but barely|
Finally we headed to my personal favorite, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, to pick up something sweet to go with a bottle of wine and some cherries.
|The vast array of dipped apples (as big as your head)|
I finally settled on the “apple pie” caramel-apple-as-big-as-my-head, which we took back to the cabin to share with the bears. This was a tart apple with a caramel base, white chocolate, crushed graham crackers, and cinnamon. The bears really enjoyed this treat.
|This deer showed up after we had finished the bottle of wine, which for some reason made it blurry|
If you get a chance to visit Estes Park you really should, if for no other reason than to enjoy some sugar and annoy some elk. It really is a beautiful place, with lots of non-sugar dining options. I will be sure to let you know more about those, right after I finish this pound of fudge.
|Wildflowers–another sweet reason to visit|
Thanks for reading,