I saw my first Hummingbird of the season this morning outside our bedroom window. I’ve heard them the past couple of days but this is the first that I’ve seen! Happy May Day!
Just heard form Rocky Mountain National Park that Trail Ridge Road is officially closed for the season. Lots of snow and wind up there in the past few days!
We woke up to about 12-14″ of snow already on the ground and it’s still snowing! It’s supposed to snow all day….I’ll keep you posted!
On Monday, June 20, The Bicycle Tour of Colorado will be travelling through Rocky Mountain National Park over Trail Ridge Road. With up to 1,500 participants, park visitors should be prepared for heavy cycling traffic with numerous temporary delays during the morning hours. The tour begins in Estes Park at 5:30 a.m. and follows US Highway 34 through the Fall River Entrance through Grand Lake to Granby via Trail Ridge Road. Most cycling participants should be off the highway by 2:00 p.m.
Please share the road and drive safely.
Yesterday morning I noticed a lone female elk wandering up the mountain outside our house, eating along the way. Female elk at this time of year usually travel with many other female elk and their little ones, so I was surprised to see this one alone. At one point she stopped near some rocks and stood there for quite a while. I got my binoculars out wondering if she were going to have a baby. I watched for a long time. She was very quiet and just stood there cleaning herself. Finally she left and meandered up into the rocks where I lost view of her. I kept thinking about her all day.
I woke up this morning about 5:45 am and put my glasses on just to see if there was any wildlife outside our bedroom window. (We don’t have any shades on our windows….there’s just too much to see!) And there I saw Mama Elk up on the hill with a little baby elk following right behind her! They were adorable! Mama was very protective and they moved with good speed down the hill. The mothers usually find a secluded place to hide their babies for a while so no predators will find them. I wonder where she was headed…
It sure has been a exciting morning so far!
Phil and I took a ride into Rocky Mountain National Park yesterday and got as far as Old Fall River Road and then we turned around. It was cloudy and snowy and you could see the huge clouds lingering over the mountains. The sign at the Entrance Ranger Station said that Trail Ridge Road was closed at Many Parks Curve now. Last Monday you could drive as far as Rainbow Curve, which is about 4-5 miles further. They must be doing a lot of plowing! Wonder if it will open for Memorial Day weekend?
My all-time favorite bird is back in Estes Park…the Great Blue Heron! We saw him flying over Lake Estes this morning and then he landed on top of one of the trees nearby. What a magnificent bird!
Savor Estes Park was so much fun last Thursday night! There were a lot of people walking around town, stopping in at different restaurants and enjoying the festive mood. It was great to see a group of people strategizing which restaurant to go to with their “Savor” map and then bump into them an hour later, talking about where they’d been and where they should go next. It was great just seeing people walking the streets of Estes Park with smiles on their faces enjoying the beautiful evening.
There are still 3 more Thursdays to come out and celebrate “Savor” Estes Park and enjoy the house specialties at the 27 participating restaurants from 4:30-7:30 in March!
It was a beautiful day so we just took a drive through Rocky Mountain National Park and saw 35+ bull elk at Horseshoe Park, a huge herd of 200+ female elk in Moraine Park, a herd of 12+ Mule Deer on Bear Lake Road and 2 coyotes by the Beaver Meadows Entrance. It doesn’t get much better than that!
Just came in from shoveling the driveway for the 4th time in 2 days! It looks like we have about 20-22″ so far…and the wind is starting to blow! May have to shovel again later. We’ve been stuck inside for 2 days…it’ll be good to get out again. This is our first big snowstorm of the season. I think I’ll wait till the sun comes out to try to get a good picture for the Blog.