Rick and I slipped out of town for a couple of days. It was great to get away and refuel.

One of the things I love about Estes Park, Colorado is the resident elk.

Now I know the locals don’t always share the fascination.

It’s hard to grow gardens. New trees are at huge risk of becoming a snack. Yards just aren’t the same with a herd of elk grazing on the petunias.

But for tourists, it’s a magnificent sight.

All those animals.

Up close and personal.

These pictures were taken on the golf course.

Golfers simply play through. The elk barely budge except perhaps to comment on someone’s slice.

There were numerous gawkers, us included.

There are times in life when gawking is a good thing!