Rocky Mountain to Denver

Lily Lake

On our way out of Rocky Mountain National Park we stopped for a walk round the delightful Lily Lake. Our stay had been all too short.

From here we drove to Nederland where we had a coffee on the balcony of Happy Trails and people-watched for a while.

Our guidebook described Nederland as a lively, ramshackle mountain-town magnet for hippies – and we had to agree, even though we were there at the wrong time of year for either Nedfest or Frozen Dead Guy Days. Yes, really. The term Ned has other connotations for us anyway – in Scotland it’s a derogatory term meaning a non-educated delinquent!

After a stroll round town and down the creek to the reservoir, we returned to our car which was parked opposite the library. That looked the best building in the place to me – how wonderful to have a reading area on a balcony over a stream! Unfortunately, it was closed or I’d have dragged John in for a visit.

Our final stop was Boulder, somewhere which would repay a much longer visit. We had a picnic lunch in Chautauqua Park near the Flatirons before stopping off in town where we particularly admired the Court House.

After that it was straight on to Denver and the beautiful Capitol Hill Mansion B&B. The Bluebell Room was gorgeous ….

…. we even had a sun-porch which gave us our own private entrance to the house ….

…. the exterior of which was equally spectacular ….

…. and to cap it all, there was a delightful garden in which to have breakfast.

So this was our luxury home for the next four nights! Only three more posts and then I will finally have finished blogging about our Summer 2016 road trip.


  1. All of your road trip posts are making me dream of road trips myself. I love the Rocky Mountains and Boulder. Nederland looks cute, but pretty touristy. Interesting about the Scottish connotation for NED. The Capitol Hill Mansion B&B looks fabulous. 🙂


  2. They had more than 18 inches of snow in Nederland yesterday (May 18.) We had probably 5 inches, but down here it melted as it fell so the roads were never snow packed. I’m glad to know what ‘Ned’ means in Scotland. I must say, I’ve only ever known one guy named Ned. Though well enough educated, he’d otherwise be appropriately named by the Scottish definition.


    • 18 inches! Is that normal for this time of year? It doesn’t sound it.

      The only Ned I remember is from when I was a little girl and Ned Norman was the town butcher. A cheerful type and not at all neddish.


  3. What a wonderful room you had in Denver. Colorado is so spectacular and diverse as well. We would like to have a longer term house sit near Boulder one day, ideally in summer. Just too many places that are gorgeous in summer in this country… Lucky you with all that nice weather and blue skies. 🙂


  4. Love the look of that B&B; one of my dreams is to live in a Victorian mansion with a turret! I also really want to attend the Frozen Dead Guy Days now that I know it exists. Any festival that has its own, themed ice cream is OK by me (apparently it is blue ice cream with crushed Oreos and gummi worms, which I would definitely eat because I have the taste buds of a five year old (not literally, which I feel I should point out given the subject matter!)).


      • Whenever I got frozen yogurt as a kid, my go-to was always strawberry frogurt with oreos and gummi bears, so it sounds right up my alley! But my mother won’t eat strawberry ice cream to this day because she’d have to eat my leftovers (when I was really little…when I got older I wasn’t sharing ice cream with anyone!), so I get that it’s not to everyone’s taste!

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