Thursday, November 27, 2008
The Stanley Hotel
Photo by REMB.
For our Thanksgiving holiday, we decided on a change of pace and are staying at the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park.
The Stanley Hotel is where Stephen King got the idea for THE SHINING. Kubrick used a different hotel in the movie... the real Stanley is much too close to civilization, surrounded by a mall and condos, but the mini-series was shot here.
Through a series of bizarre events, we were upgraded to a different room, one which is supposedly one of the haunted rooms. Normally I would not put much stock in such things, but the TV series Ghost Hunters shot here and had two paranormal events in this very room. The closest thing to strangeness since we have been here is a drawer that keeps opening itself. Even more strangely, after I pointed it out to my wife Rachel, it stopped. Our dog Riley also barks at an empty chair in the lobby. Otherwise, nothing special has happened, other than a pack of elk deciding to graze on the lawn just before sunset the other night. (Photo by my wife Rachel.)
This morning there was a light dusting of snow everywhere, but it disappeared before we got a chance to photograph it.
It's been a great holiday, and another reason to be glad that I'm alive. This is the third year in a row that I have written about my thankfulness. Last year's can be read here. And the previous year is here.