Boulder, Colorado is a city at the base of the foothills of the Rocky Mountain. It is a college town, and is known for its outdoors and one of the healthiest lifestyles in America.
Today, it is also a high tech town, so living in Boulder is very expensive.One of Tom’s classmate, from his University of British Columbia engineering class of 1980, Walter Wong, happens to be a long term Boulder resident, for the past 37 years.
We met Walter and his wife Joanne for lunch at the cute River and Woods restaurant in Boulder for a reunion.
They filled us in on interesting information regarding not only on the city of Boulder but also their perspective on living as an expat in America for the past 37 years.
After lunch, we visited their home, a short drive outside of Boulder. Their beautiful home is lakefront with a small private dock for water crafts.
We bid farewell after the pleasant visit and drove 45 minutes north to Estes Park, a small town at the east entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park. Estes Park will be our base for a much anticipated visit to one of America’s most famous National Parks.
Estes Park and surrounding area’s year round population is at most 10,000 people. But during peak tourist season, it triples. As the best time to visit Rocky Mountain National Park is July through September, it was busy during our late June visit but not yet crowded.
Before calling it a day, we decided to visit a famous landmark located in Estes Park. The Stanley Hotel is best known for being the inspiration for Stephen Kings’s bestselling novel “The Shining”, and the subsequent film starring Jack Nicholson as the slowly driven mad caretaker. In fact the filming did not take place at this hotel. Nevertheless, people flock to this hotel to take a tour and it is one of the top things to do in Estes Park.
Set amidst the beautiful mountain scenery of Colorado, The Stanley Hotel was built in 1909 as a grand summer resort that catered to wealthy travelers from the East Coast. The Stanley Hotel has a storied history that begins well before Stephen King stepped foot on the property, and the hotel once hosted guests like Molly Brown, John Philip Sousa, and Theodore Roosevelt. Today the hotel is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a member of Historic Hotels of America.