Sunday, July 16, 2023

Happy National Ice Cream day!

Saint Catherine of Sienna Chapel

also called Chapel on the Rock, is located on the grounds of the Saint Malo Retreat, Conference and Spiritual Center in Allenspark, CO.  It is located just outside Rocky Mountain National Park. Monsignor Bosetti happened upon this rock and inspired by Matthew 16:19, "Upon this rock I will build my church," started doing just that. Construction was completed in 1936.

The Chapel has survived landslides, fires (including one that destroyed the retreat center out back), and other natural disasters.

A statue of Jesus overlooks the Chapel from on top of a mountain.

This appears to be a multi-use building currently. Among other things it has a gift shop and a tea house. A scone, Blood-Orange ice tea for Pat, and a hot Midsummer Peach for me and we were on our way

The trail (7 miles long) to Longs Peak (14,259 feet) was our destination today and our last trip into the park. Did we make it? Heaven's no! We went 1/2 mile and turned off and took the one and a half mile Eugenia Mine Trail. The mine was active in the 1800's.

The sign says it all!

Remnants or a re-creation? of a cabin.

A mountain of tailings.

Pat thought this might be remnants of an old sluice.

An old boiler from mining days.

We walked alongside this fella for a while.

Longs Peak (on the left) under the clouds.

The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park is supposedly haunted by several entities including animals. "The Shining" was not filmed here but it is said to have been the inspiration for Stephen Kings movie.

A beautiful log cabin church. I didn't get to see the inside. It's Sunday and I know what you're thinking. Don't judge me!🤔

Metal pieces holding on the mesh that help prevent rock slides.

What a great husband! Just so I can take pictures.

Looks to me like a UFO crashed into the side of a mountain and got stuck. Pat, not so much!

Wyoming had the most beautiful welcome center. Informative with gorgeous displays.

Wind Code, by Stan Dolega is a public art building set. This set contains 4 pieces in this location and all are made with triangular shapes. The triangular shapes recall the distant Rocky Mountains and represent Wyoming's breathtaking scenery.

Mountain Man sculpture south of Cheyene, WY.

I search for pictures from our past when we go places. Sometimes changing one word gets different pictures and sometimes it gives me different ones, like those below, when I've searched for the exact same thing many times before.

I can't imagine that we didn't see dinosaur bones when we went to Dinosaur National Monument in 1992, but I don't remember them and I've found no pictures of them.
 This is the dirt road to "Pat's Hole," now called Echo Park at the monument. Gee I wonder why we went here???

Pat Lynch was a man who came to the U. S. in 1853 and came to this area around 1870. Supposedly he lived in this cave for 19 of the 40 years he lived in this area. My 4 guys in the shadow of the cave.

Born in the 1800's Josie Bassett Morris homesteaded here at Dinosaur N.M. and spent nearly 50 years leading a solitary life with no electricity or running water. This is the cabin she built herself. It may have been a solitary life, but in a time where divorces were rare, she was married 5 times and divorced 4 husbands.
Where are the Piepers now? Lusk, WY

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