There was a serious forest fire that closed the road to Estes Park, but not until after we got through. Unfortunately, some of the relatives coming from Iowa had to take a detour that cost them an extra two hours. The drive they missed is a gorgeous trip through Big Thompson Canyon, with the river crashing over the rocks all along the way.
During the few hours we were all here together, this house was a lively place, with four kids aged eleven to fourteen, and assorted parents, cousins, aunts and uncles. The pool table was the popular gathering place, and the boys uncovered the hot tub and dipped their toes in. The game room was actually the place where it was easiest for us to get reacquainted.