The Ambassadors from the Estes Park Visitor's Center are doing tours this week of local lodgings, and we were scheduled for this morning; first on the list, so we made up a 'sampler' breakfast for them. We spent some time discussing how we could get approximately 30 people in and out in the allotted 15 minute time we were allowed, while showing them our rooms and letting them sample food. Set the stage:
A couple of cars pull in 10 minutes early, announcing they kept watch on our blog and could they please meet the horses. Cool! I walk over to the pen with them. As we are discussing various blog posts, we see the bus load going down the main highway. One of the ladies says, "There goes the bus! They missed the turn off!" We all snicker, thinking we have another 10 minutes before they get to the next turn off and wind their way back up the hill. No bus. Pretty soon another car arrives to announce the bus broke down at the other end of the business route. Oh my, that's a 1.5 mile walk, so the cars already here headed down to pick up people. Remember, no cell phone usage here, so someone had to get here to call for repairs.... and our dilemma was solved. A second bus was sent out to pick up everyone and we had a most marvelous chat with about 36 wonderful purveyors of information about our lodge.
After everyone left, we changed into 'work' clothes, caught up the horses and headed out for some trail maintenance.