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Tiny Town golf in Estes Park has been family entertainment for decades – five and a half decades to be exact.  Bob Mitchell opens his golf course every year and the same familes come back to wish him well and play a few rounds of golf.

TINY TOWN MINATURE GOLF OFFICE BOARD

Bob Mitchell obviously has a great sense of humor.  You probably can’t read all of the slogans and signs on the board near the office.   The one directly above and to the right of the golf balls reads “Shirt Required – pants and shoes optional.

Tiny Town Golf Sign

The sign indicates the heritage of the course.  Bob said his wife Helen has been gone for fourteen years, and his six children (now all adults) are proudly listed below.

Tiny Town Alligator

This alligator was imported from Arizona 55 years ago, so it is probably older than I am.  Thousands of golfers have had to sneak a ball through the opening and closing of the alligators mouth over the past 55 years.  The alligator has had some technical issues over the years, but Bob Mitchell has kept the mouth opening and closing to the delight of all throughout the years.  He told me that the body had to be remade several years ago.  He cast it out of cement so it’s a heavy one. 

If you are in Estes Park on vacation don’t miss the smiling face of Bob Mitchell, and the fun of Tiny Town Golf truly one of Estes Parks institutions.

Have a terrific Memorial Day – Gerald

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“Prices Going Up”

I’m sure if you have been to Estes Park, you have golfed at Tiny Town.  I stopped by to visit with Mr. Mitchell this weekend.  I’m sure he wouldn’t want to be called Mr. Mitchell, but everyone that left the course said “Thanks Mr. Mitchell”. 

Bob Mitchell is still standing in the office at Tiny Town after 55 years

BOB MITCHELL IN THE OFFICE

Bob is pictured here where he can be found, and has been found for the last 55 years passing out golf balls to young and old alike.

Tiny Town Golf the price is going up.

PRICES ARE GOING UP

Bob told me that he was forced to increase his prices this year.  A round of golf will cost $3.00 this year instead of the $2.50 in previous years.  Still a bargain for some good clean family fun.  My niece and nephew from Nebraska had to play every year when they came out on vacation.  Just like many of the golfers at Tiny Town, there have been generations golfing at the golf course, returning year after year.

Windmill on the golf course in Estes Park

WINDMILL IMPORTED FROM ARIZONA

Mr. Mitchell had a few more stories about the golf course, so there will be a follow up story on the miniature Golf at Tiny Town.  The course is 55 years old this year.  Brownfields, another institution in Estes Park is also opening for their 55th year – congratulations.

Have a great day – Gerald

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NO FOOTPRINTS

PARK THEATER OPENS FOR THE SEASON

 

Living in Estes Park has its advantages. I’m sure that some would see the snows that we are getting in May might not particularly be an advantage, but to me, it makes everything new and beautiful just like the Spring rains.  Not everyone has the history that Estes Park does either.

The Park Theater touted as the oldest movie theater in the country still in operation was not quite ready for it’s Friday opening on Thursday when I took these photo’s.  We received 16 inches of snow on Wednesday, and another six on Thursday.  You can see that there are no footprints in the snow, and why do we have that much snow in May?

PARK THEATRE NO FOOTPRINTS IN THE SNOW

The Park Theater has a story all its own, and particularly the tower above the theater which is empty. 

ROBIN HOOD PLAYS AT HISTORIC PARK THEATRE

The snow was shoveled, and the crowds welcomed the old theatre back for another season and the movie was great!

Have a fantastic day – Gerald

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Waking up to sixteen inches of fresh snow yesterday, and another six inches this morning doesn’t make it feel like May.  I think you can see the disgusted look on this hummingbirds face.

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HUMMINGBIRD IN THE SNOW

You can tell that these little guys aren’t excited about the snow either.  I had to take the hummingbird feeder in last night because the temperature got down to 18 degrees.  That would have resulted in frozen food for the little guys.  Since they don’t have access to a microwave to thaw out their food they thanked me for bringing it in last night.  They were already looking for the feeder at 5:30 AM this morning and boy were they glad it was warm nectar!

Sunrise in Estes Park Colorado May

ITS A BRAND NEW DAY

Tami Spaulding says “Life is a gift, make sure you open yours today!”.  You can see in our special part of the world, that we truly do get a gift that opens up brand new every day.

WISH YOU WERE HERE!

We have received our special gift for the day, and we don’t mind sharing.  Hope your day and the rest of the week are terrific.

Gerald

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Am I confused?   Well, Kim Coffee thinks I am.  I was thinking about getting my Christmas Tree and my ski’s back out.  Kim says that she’s putting her snow tires back on. 

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DOWNTOWN ESTES PARK IN FRESH SNOW

We received sixteen inches of new snow, and it is supposed to start snowing again today around 4:00 PM (and it did) for another six inches plus.

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CORNER OF COURTNEY AND LOOKOUT STREETS

What a beautiful snow!  It is so quiet and serene with the fresh snow dampening the typical sounds of the day.

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COLORADO SKY AGAINST THE FRESH SNOW

Hope you are having a great week – we’re playing in the snow – Gerald

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Sometimes it’s just nice to be able to get away from the world for a while, and kind of crawl back in time when life was simpler.  When you go to the Meadow Mountain Cafe in Allenspark that is just exactly what you get to do. 

Meadow Mountain Cafe in Allenspark, Coloraod

The Meadow Mountain Cafe has four stools at the counter and six tables.  If you want to use your credit card, don’t bother they take cash at the counter because they like to keep it simple.  If you get really irritated with folks talking on their cell phones in restaurants while you are trying to eat?  You’ll love the Meadow Mountain as there is no cell phone service available in this part of the mountains.

Meadow Mountain Cafe, Allenspark, Colorado

Everyone at the Meadow Mountain is friendly and typically hankerin to visit.  This is pretty much how the news travels in this part of the mountains.  The food is particularly old fashioned and fantastic.  If you are in a hurry, don’t bother stoppin in, and they have a $10.00 charge for putting up with you if you are cranky. 

Suzie and I just needed to get away and Rocky and crew are always so great.  I had the Black Bean Chili and it was great.  Have a terrific week – Gerald

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Spring is having a very difficult time making it to the Rocky Mountains this year, and Estes Park is no exception.  I’ve snapped a few pictures of the Elk which remain scraggly and ugly looking refusing to shed their coats.

Estes Park's Shaggy Elk

SHAGGY BULL ELK

Soon these magnificent bull elk will be slick and fat carrying their magnificent six by six racks.

Bull elk in Estes Park Colorado

I THINK I'M BEAUTIFUL

 We think you are beautiful too!

Have a great week – Gerald

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