As part of the McNair Scholars Program new student orientation a group of students were taken to Estes Park for a day of exploration, relaxation, bonding and food.
YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park provided the perfect setting for McNair Scholars to unwind and connect before the start of the fall semester. The weather and campus were absolutely beautiful and conducive for all kinds of activities. While some scholars preferred to relax by engaging in arts and crafts, others put their skills to the test on the mountain bike trails and pushed their limits on the climbing wall. Horseback riding also provided the perfect opportunity to take in the breath-taking scenery that can be found in every corner of the Rocky Mountains.
And of course, a McNair event is never complete without tasty food and tasty food was had at Claire's Restaurant and Bar in downtown Estes Park. Not only was the food delicious but the view from the patio (deer enjoying a grassy snack) was both lovely and amusing. After dinner we satisfied our sweet tooth with some old-fashioned homemade ice cream from Munchin House. On our way out of town we made a quick stop at the historic, and supposedly haunted, Stanley Hotel to catch some spooky vibes and explore the beautiful building and grounds, unfortunately no ghost or spirits were spotted.
YMCA of the Rockies and Estes Park as a whole treated us well and we can't wait to go back! Maybe next time we'll see a ghost...