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It finally feels like summer. Summers are short in Estes and you need to be ready to take full advantage of the warmer weather. We grabbed a picnic, and some firewood and headed into the park for date night. We went to upper Beaver Meadows. This is one of our favorite spots. The views are spectacular, but then again, they are spectacular everywhere in the park. However, this picnic spot is only 3 miles from the Overlook, has nice restrooms, fire pits and picnic tables. The best time to go is during the week, or in our case, on a Sunday evening. We arrived at around 5:00 p.m. Sunday and were the only people there! I say people because there were lots of Elk, birds, squirrels, chipmunks, etc everywhere. On our way there, we passed a Bobcat carrying some creature in its mouth up our driveway next to the Overlook. He went right up the front steps of the Overlook and onto the deck. We thought about notifying our guests, but by the time we would have contacted them, he would have been long gone. Summers here. Time to start your Estes vacation!
Its that time of year when the Bull Elk are growing their new antlers. Initially, as they grow, they appear very thick and covered with velvet. In fact, they are referred to as velvet. Here is the definition from Wikipedia.
This Bull Elk was right in front of the Overlook yesterday foraging. Right now, everything is very green and lush in Estes. This will change in the next few weeks as things dry out. However, for now, the Elk and Deer are loving all the vegetation.
Our recent snowstorm created 17 foot drifts across Trail Ridge Road. Trail Ridge Road usually opens on Memorial Day. However, this year, after a late May storm, it will not be open. According to authorities, there is more snow in the higher elevations than they have seen in 30 years. Not to worry. I'm sure it will be opening in the next week or so. Stay tuned.
We had a late May snowstorm drop 37 inches of snow on the Overlook over 1-1/2 days. This video shows how quickly snow melts in Estes Park due to the strength of the sun at this elevation. Enjoy!
The snow is melting quickly. There is no snow on the main roads. However, many of the small road to hiking and picnic areas remain closed. I expect they will reopen in a few days. We saw several snowmen throughout the park. Do you see the snowman in one of these pictures?
On May 18th, we had 30 inches of fresh snow that landed in Estes Park. It created more than a few traffic issues. In fact, it also caused lots and lots of power outages! At the Overlook, we had a wonderful couple that were real troopers. They had no electric or heat for nearly 24 hours and were unable to move their car due to the enormous amount of snow. Nevertheless, they persevered by reading books and wearing headlamps. In their words, they "decided to make it an adventure!" Luckily, we got enough snow moved the next day so they could get to town. Plus, the power came on at 2 a.m. Here are some pictures of the snow at the Overlook and around town.
The back yard of the Overlook. This shows the gazebo with fireplace and outside bar. The 14 person picnic table and fire pit are buried in the snow.
The valley in front of the Overlook.
The path between the Overlook and our weekend home, The Caretaker's Cottage.
The front porch of the Overlook.
Estes Park Tram.
View out the Master Bedroom windows looking at the Outdoor Bar.
What do the people in Estes Park do when they have an unexpected snow storm in May that drops over 30 inches of snow? Go to a local brewery and have beer...without a coat...with short sleeves!