Bill and Juanita, owners of Allenspark Lodge B&B, are living their dream...

running a successful business and riding as often as possible.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Flood/Rain Update

For those of you wondering - we are still here, happy and dry (and with food!) on top of our mountain.  The most current problem for our guests is how to get off the mountain.  All roads leading down have been washed out - literally!!!  There are pavement breaks in Hwy 7 between us and Lyons, in Hwy 7 between us and Estes Park, in Hwy 72 to Nederland, in Hwy 34 from Estes Park to Loveland and in Hwy 36 from Estes Park to Lyons.  You can go from Estes Park over Trail Ridge Road to Grand Lake (but we cannot get to Estes Park).  We are fine, but for people with flights out of Denver it is more than nerve-wracking.  We have a German contingency with an 8:00 a.m. flight tomorrow morning from DIA.

We currently have gorgeous skies and lots of blue showing; first non-rain sky in many days, so now the CDOT can maybe get a handle on how to tackle all the roads.  We brought a month's worth of hay up two days ago, so the horses get to eat.  Our crew stayed dry in their run-in shed and we loaned our second shed to a couple of the livery horses that had recently come in from AZ and weren't handling the weather well.

We, personally, are very fortunate in the fact we had purchased groceries the day before the storm hit; the local cafes don't have food or have run out and there is no way to get more here.  The Fawn Brook Inn is serving evening meals for those who want to pay the price.  We are offering an evening meal to our guests who want to eat with us.

Bill took this video this morning when he went out to do a road check.  This 'looks' like good road, until you realize the culvert is several feet below the pavement and there is a LOT of air between the top of the culvert and the roadway.  I wouldn't want to drive across that; which car is going to make it fall through?

Thanks to all of those who have checked up on us and offered prayers and help.


  1. I forgot to mention, we cannot call out and nobody can call in, but we can call our neighbors! Fun. When the internet is up - it's a solar powered relay system - we can communicate with the outside world via email or cell phone text, so we don't have it nearly as bad as hurricane folks do.

  2. Yikes! Hope the Germans like Allenspark or grow wings overnight, because I'm not seeing them getting off your mountain any time soon.

  3. I am so glad you checked in here! I've been watching the news and thinking about you guys. I am glad you have been able to get through all of this OK. The pictures and videos they are showing on the news is really unimaginable. Hugs to you all and hang in there!

  4. Hang in there. I heard the Farmers Almanac calls for a hard winter. :-)

    It was fun catching up with your lives.

  5. Crikey! I'm glad you guys are doing OK!

  6. I'm glad you guys are OK. I've been worried about you especially since you have horses outside. Glad your OK.

  7. Please let us know if theres anything we can do for you or your neighbors or your friends. Im pretty sure people were not expecting flood waters - how many would think of buying flood insurance on a hillside? If theres any organizations we can donate to - please let us know - ill link it up to my blog too!

    So glad you got that hay! STAY SAFE :)

  8. Um. Well. Drive the car really fast and you will make it. Bleh. Lots of damage. I have watched a lot of videos and pics online and I know they don't capture even the half of it. Glad you are both doing OK.


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