Pine Haven Resort Cabins in Estes Park, CO

I’m sure this mountain resort doesn’t need my good review as they have so many 5 star reviews as it is, they are booked so far in advance. But I cannot help myself to review them because we had such a good time and would love to go back some day! But hang on, because this might get long…but well worth the read!

The check-in process was funny because we were in such a hurry to get to our room and set it up for the surprise shower and the host was SO friendly and talkative that it took longer than we we’re expecting. Everyone in Colorado is very friendly and a little slower than we are used to!

We booked cabin 3, The Aztec cabin for a bridal shower and slumber party for 4 best friends. We wanted to do something special for our lovely bride and knew she only had limited time away so we just booked 1 night. A Tuesday. And you would think it would’ve been a little slow there, nope, they were packed out. You couldn’t tell though, it was very quiet and serene.

cabin6The Aztec cabin has a queen size bed with a set of bunk beds and a pull out sofa. We only used the bunk beds and queen bed and they were so cozy and comfortable! It’s one very large room with the living room and kitchen separated by a heavy curtain if you’d like. The room was spotless clean and very eclectic and yet modern. It had everything we needed for making dinner and pretty much anything else we needed, it was fully stocked. We used the small table and chairs to set up her cake and present area and it worked perfectly.

We chose this resort because of location and the things it offers it’s guests. We knew we wanted a hot tub and they have an outdoor hot tub, which was glorious. We knew we wanted something else special but didn’t know what it was until we saw they have an adult bouncy house. Yes, you read that right! However, our luck was down that day because it was raining and they cannot set it up in the rain. Needless to say, we were VERY bummed. They offered us a nice bottle of white wine for consolation and it worked a little.

cabin4We took the hike that was literally right behind our cabin into the mountains and it was not super easy, which was great! It was breathtaking…literally. You hold your breath when you get to the top. Despite it being rainy and cloudy, it was spectacular. Plus we had animal masks and Spotify to make it even more memorable!

Should you book at Pine Haven Resort? Yes of course you should! It’s glorious and not far out of the town of Estes Park and you are also on your way into Rocky Mountain National Park. Fantastic! Book your cabin NOW because they won’t have it for long! Create your memories there.

Now be prepared for a ton of photos!!cabin2

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Encrypted Android Device and TWRP Unlock

Recently, I setup an Android device and used the 4×4 pattern. Then I went through the steps to encrypt the device. Later that day, I needed to install another ZIP from recovery. So I rebooted into recovery to find that TWRP only has a 3×3 grid for unlocking. At first, I thought I would have to erase everything and start over. After doing some digging, I found out there is a way to unlock recovery using ADB. Here we go…

Use this Java snippet to get your DECRYPT_CODE. In the end, you’ll be entering Usage: adb shell twrp decrypt DECRYPT_CODE to get access to your TWRP recovery.

Dots are numbered in order like this:

// 3 x 3
0 1 2
3 4 5
6 7 8

// 4 x 4
0 1 2 3
4 5 6 7
8 9 10 11
12 13 14 15

// 5×5
0 1 2 3 4
5 6 7 8 9
10 11 12 13 14
15 16 17 18 19
20 21 22 23 24

// same goes for 6×6 or larger patterns

Write down the dots in order you connect them, so the simple 3×3 pattern (U pattern from top left to top right corner) translates into 0,3,6,7,8,5,2, put these numbers in code where DOT_NUMBERS_HERE is.

Then use javac Pattern && java Pattern and use the unlock code in adb shell twrp decrypt DECRYPT_CODE command.

I must give credit where it is due. This solution came from a comment on GitHub and I just tweaked the Java a little bit. I hope it worked for you. If it did, please leave a comment below.

“Lark Rise to Candleford” BBC TV Series

You have your cup of tea steeping. Your biscuits are fresh out of the oven (or the plastic container from the market). You have your best English accent polished up in your head. Time to get cozy. Get your soft fluffy blanket all piled up and your snotty little cat sitting by your side. It’s time to put on “Lark Rise to Candleford”.

This is one of my most favorite of all time TV shows to relax, unwind and sip tea to. Or wine. Whichever works best! It’s like “Little House on the Prairie” grown up and British. The characters are so charming and hold great humor in each one. The plots are serious but kind and usually end up well. This series was adapted by the BBC from Flora Thompson‘s trilogy of semi-autobiographical novels about the English countryside, published between 1939 and 1943.

The show makes you feel good before bedtime. Which is something I have really come to appreciate. No more CNN or stressful news at night. No more emotional wreckage shows at night, where you end up feeling sad and scared. No, give me “Lark Rise to Candleford” any night instead!

I used to be able to watch on Netflix or Amazon for free, however they changed that pretty quickly. My mom bought the entire series however, so now I can just borrow the DVD’s from her! Oh happy day!! Or should I say, oh happy night!

I truly adore this series, despite it ending way too soon for it’s own good. And as an added bonus, you will find our beloved Mr. Bates (Brendan Coyle) from another British favorite of mine, “Downton Abbey”, staring in a main role before he appeared on Downton! You will surely find other actors and actresses from Downton appearing on this series as well.

If you haven’t watched this show yet, now is the time. Buy yourself a cat, get a cozy blanket, brew up some tea and get your British accent on! It about bloody time!


Here’s the link to buy the DVD’s!