Most of the action happens during the daylight, so we enjoyed ourselves jamming and people-watching on the main drag, Elkhorn Ave.
Estes Park had ZERO nightlife. However there were small pockets of life in hidden venues on the outskirts of town. Our favorite was the Rock Inn Mountain Tavern. Out on the patio, magnificent mountains loomed around us, and the local
That night we played on the corner of College and Mountain Ave. Many others in the area were doing the same, with varying degrees of success. Mostly they were crusty traveling kids with dogs, hollering for handouts. This was one drawback of not requiring busking permits.
Late into the night, Derek and Taylor, a couple of local musicians, spontaneously joined us, with an upright bass and guitar. Later on a passerby joined us to sing ‘The Thrill is Gone.’ Who was this mystery man? Maybe someday we’ll know!
Around three in the morning we drove back through the canyon under the super moon. It was terrifying knowing a rock could slide down and crush us at anytime, but it was thrilling to be out in the Colorado summer night driving through the darkness!