This past weekend was Frozen Dead Guy Days in Nederland, CO. I first heard about it on a How Stuff Works: Stuff You Should Know podcast about a year ago (while I was living on the East Coast). As soon as my husband and I decided to make the move to CO, I KNEW I had to go to this one. This was my first time going AND I was lucky enough to have an amazing friend with me. She just happened to be in town from DC and is into weird festivals as much as I am. It was perfect!
What are Frozen Dead Guy Days, you ask? I will tell you! It’s basically a three-day festival that ‘honors’ a frozen dead guy with coffin races, salmon tosses, and frozen turkey bowling. I won’t go too deeply into the story, but basically Bredo Morstoel died in 1989 and was kept frozen in his backyard. It runs Friday to Sunday, but this year it was cut a bit short because we had a blizzard come through on Saturday. This actually worked out really well for me because I was planning to go on Sunday and a lot of the good Saturday stuff was postponed. I tried some of the local beer, caught a local band, and cheered on the coffin racers.
After attending the festival, we went on a meandering tour of the mountains and stopped in a few ghost towns on our way to a place called Estes Park. Estes Park is home of the Chicken-Fried Latte and the Stanley Hotel, which is the hotel that inspired The Shining. It’s pretty creepy (even in the daylight) and I took some great shots!
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