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!
Odin is the chief god of the Vikings, and became known as the supreme god in the eighth and ninth centuries. The Vikings admired Odin's love for the battle, as he was known as the "father of the slain". However, Odin loved to cause conflicts and shifts of power. He once aided Harald, a Danish King, instructing him in tactics and granting him victories for years. Later, Odin drove the king to his demise. Although Odin embodied deceit, violence and war, he also embodied many admirable qualities. He was the most knowledgeable god, with a great love for wisdom. He would willingly sacrifice himself for it. With the threat of Ragnarok, the death of all gods, Odin built the Valhalla, a great hall of the "heroic dead". Odin would then gather heroes and warriors who were slain in battle, and bring them to Valhalla so they would fight alongside the gods.
In Norse mythology, Valhalla is a majestic, enormous hall ruled over by the god Odin. Chosen by Odin, half of those who die in combat travel to Valhalla upon death, led by Valkyries. In Valhalla, the dead join the masses of those who have died in combat as they prepare to aid Odin during the events of Ragnarök. Before the hall stands the golden tree Glasir, and the hall's ceiling is thatched with golden shields. Various creatures live around Valhalla, such as the dee/elk and goats. These animals are described as standing atop Valhalla and consuming the foliage of the tree, Glasir.
A Valkyrie is a female helping spirit of the god Odin. The modern image of the Valkyries as elegant, noble maidens bringing dead heroes to Valhalla is largely accurate for what it is, but a highly selective portrayal that exaggerates their pleasant qualities. To some extent, this tendency toward sanitization is present even in the later Old Norse sources, which focus on their love affairs with human men and their assisting Odin in transporting his favorites among those slain in battle to Valhalla, where they will fight by his side during Ragnarok.
RAGNAROK – The final battle where all the gods could die.
GLASIR – A golden tree that stands atop Valhalla.
INTRODUCING "ODIN'S PUB"
Its almost ready! After breaking ground last spring, we are nearly ready to open our Outdoor Bar. Woo Hoo.
What it is....
Why is it called Odin's Pub?
2017 Shuttle Bus Schedule
NOTE: All shuttle routes start May 27.
Hiker Express Route
Daily service: May 27 to September 10
Weekends only: September 16 to October 9
Hourly 7:30 am to 11 am
Every 30 minutes from 11 am to 6 pm
Hourly 6 pm to 8 pm
Makes stops only at
Bear Lake Route
Daily service: May 27 to October 9
Every 10–15 minutes from 7 am to 7:30 pm
Makes stops at
Moraine Park Route
Daily service: May 27 to October 9
Every 30 minutes from 7 am to 7:30 pm
Makes stops at
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