Next we dealt with an orthodontic emergency: Mary Cait had a broken band around a tooth that was causing her great pain. The kind dentist at Alpine Dentistry fixed it in a jiffy and wouldn't even charge us. Restores one's faith in one's fellow man.
We then took the tour at the Celestial Seasonings plant in north Boulder--located appropriately on Sleepytime Drive. We learned much about teas and infusions and had a great time. The stint in the Mint Room (full of raw peppermint) really cleared my sinuses!
Next we set off for Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park. The park is truly impressive with the longest above-the-tree-line drive in the United States--at least that's my understanding. We walked up several hundred feet from the road near Alpine Pass where we took this photo:
Here was the panorama from that same location:
An unreliable gas gauge gave us a scare, but everything worked out fine and we saw elk on our trip around the back side of the park.
We came back through Idaho Springs, where we had a great pizza dinner at Beau Jo's, and arrived back in Boulder late in the day. Whew!