Family Fun - Estes Park Winter Festival

If you are looking for a fun winter activity for your family, or a unique date (really, dinner and a movie are fun...but this will take it up a notch!), consider heading to Estes Park, CO for the 2nd Annual Winter Festival.  It will take place over Martin Luther King weekend, January 14-17.  This year there will be an Interactive Ice Castle and playground maze (can you picture it all lit up at night? Magical!).  It will be so much fun for the kiddos, and those of us who like to feel like a kid again!  Rocky Mountain National Park will have their 16th annual Winter Trails in the park with free snowshoe rentals and clinics - it's a great way to explore the National Park in winter.  There will be live music and entertainment throughout the weekend in Bond Park.  If you're a treasure hunter, there will be a MEGA Downtown Scavenger Hunt with over $1,000 in prizes.  For foodies, there will be wine and beer tastings, and a Chili Cook-off with both professional and amateur chilistas.  You can satisfy your inner artist by going on a Winter Photo Tour, or shop 'til you drop in the heated area featuring local vendors.  And if you just want to relax in a stunning mountain atmosphere, local spas will be offering specials all weekend. 

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For all you Lovers of the Wild!

A friend and fellow L.O.T.W. (that's Lover of the Wild for my acronym challenged readers) posted this on her blog, and I loved the reminder to all of us who love the wild - revelling in it, playing in it, and staying alive because of it - to "get out there and hunt and fish and mess around with your friends, ramble out yonder and explore the forests, encounter the Griz, climb the mountains, bag the peaks, run the rivers, breathe deep of that yet sweet and lucid air, sit quietly for a while and contemplate that precious stillness, that lovely, mysterious, awesome space."  Thank you Whit, and Edward I'm headed outside.

Photo credit: Nathaniel Wilder