Category Archives: Estes Park News

Don’t Forget Your Safety Rules When You Are Kayaking or Boating In Estes Park or Colorado


I was walking around Lake Estes the other day when I saw this man putting his kayak in the water. It was the middle of June and the air temperature was about 70 degrees. The water temperature, however, was in the 40s. It comes straight from the melting snow in the mountains.

He had on shorts and a t-shirt and a PFD strapped on the bow of his boat. If a gust of wind came by and he went over, he didn’t have a chance. Hypothermia would set in within less than 2 minutes. There’s no way he could get to shore and there were no other boats on the lake.

Remember your boating Safety Rule: Dress for the water temperature, not the air temperature. He should have had a dry suit on, or at least a full wet suit. It’s better to sweat a little than to die.

And ALWAYS wear your PFD…if he went over, there was no way he would be able to get his PFD off his boat, put it on and zip it up. You should ALWAYS wear your PFD…you never know what might happen out on the water.

I went sailing with a friend of mine many years ago…we were both very good sailors. A gust of wind came by and the boom flew across the boat, hitting  him in the head and knocking him out of the boat and into the water. He did not have a PFD on. Luckily he was still conscious and I was able to get him. The only thing he lost was his prescription sunglasses. Ever since that day, I have never gotten into a boat (and I am an experienced boater) without my PFD. It’s not worth the alternative…

I just thought with summer coming and the water still being so cold, a few safety rules might help. Enjoy your time on the water, but please be safe.


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Beautiful View Of Long’s Peak From Bear Lake In RMNP


I always love this view of Long’s Peak from Bear Lake. You can still the snow on the mountain even though the temperatures have been pretty warm. Many times it isn’t until July that most of the snow in the mountains has pretty much melted. If you want to hike Long’s Peak, the ideal time is late July or early August.

Bear Lake is such a pretty walk this time of year with the mountains in the background and all of the wildflowers along the trail. Bear Lake is a great hike for families with little children as there is a “Nature Book” that you can use along the trail. Kids love this!

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The Western Pine Elfin Butterfly Can Be Seen In RMNP In May And June


Phil saw this pretty butterfly on one of our recent hikes. It is called a Western Pine Elfin and is made up of various shades of brown, with fine white lines meandering across midwing.

It’s one of the first butterflies that we’ve seen so far this season…and it is only around for May and June. I thought it was worthy of a photograph!

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Star-Flowered False Solomon’s-Seal Is Brilliant in RMNP


I had never seen a False Solomon’s Seal before with its tiny white, star-shaped flowers. It is  a perennial herb growing 15-60 cm tall with alternating leaves . The delicate white star-like flowers have 6 petals about 1 cm across and grow in clusters.

I found many of these beautiful plants on the Cub Lake Trail. They like to  live in moist, shaded sites.

I found this gorgeous plant on the hillside with the sun hitting it just right. Pretty spectacular, don’t you think?

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