I'm back to our fair city from a jaunt to Boulder, Colo., and its rarefied atmosphere. Colorado offered up its most interesting weather just for us. One afternoon we were treated to a dramatic thunderstorm with lightning blazing across the sky in multiple directions and ear-splitting blasts of thunder. All of our little kids — three 3 year-olds, one 6-year-old and one 9-year-old — sat at the window watching the extravaganza as if they were in a movie theater. They seemed to be mesmerized by it all, screeching with delight with each roar of thunder.
One lovely, warm day we took a short road trip to Estes Park, where our boisterous group livened up the architecturally grand and historic Stanley Hotel. This classic hotel was built in 1909 by F.O. Stanley of the Stanley Steamer automobile fame.
The 101-year-old hotel, which sits at the edge of the Rocky Mountain National Park, is not only well known for being the inspiration for Stephen King's novel, "The Shining," but is also considered one of the most haunted hotels in America. It is said that the ghost of F.O. Stanley is often seen roaming the bar and front lobby area, while Flora, his wife, still plays the piano in the music room. It is said that their maid, Mrs. Wilson, still "takes care" of guests who stay in room 217 — that is, if they dare!