We decided that we would still drive out to Estes Park like originally planned, I kept being told it was beautiful up there and apparently the smoke hadn't blown that far west. Woohoo! Check out this pic from the drive there...incredible.
Estes Park was beautiful, a little kitschy though for my taste. However, I dove right into tourist mode and called the Stanley Hotel to make reservations for the ghost tour! Now that was fun! It was a great tour, fun little "true" ghost stories, and beautiful views of the mountains.
After the tour, we grabbed a quick lunch and headed to Colorado Springs. This was a fairly long drive, but it was still pretty beautiful. Once we got through Denver, we could start to see Pike's Peak...man that mountain is huge! Our first stop though, the US Air Force Academy!
|The Chapel at the USAF Academy|