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

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Thursday, September 19, 2013

Resilient Estes Park ....

What a difference a couple of days makes.  The first video was taken two days after 'the flood'.  Notice the water across the road and logs floating across that you got to dodge.  The church at St. Malo was high and dry in a much larger lake than normal.  It looked like a logger's work place.
Yesterday, SH7 was officially opened to the public, between us and Estes Park.  So today, we took a drive in and was amazed at the work that had been done in so short a time.  This video is the same stretch of road; no water on the road, a much smaller 'log pond' and - traffic!
The town's cleanup has been amazing, so we took some pics of downtown - just to let you all know that Estes Park is now inviting guests back!  Here are some of our favorite places:
The Estes Park Brewery (look at that blue sky!)
The Big Thompson River - full, but staying within its banks.
Sweet Basilico - a favorite pasta place.  It just kills me to see the empty parking lots, when they are usually so full this time of year.  I'm sure they will be full again soon!
Looking north, past the old theater.  The wet spot on the right lower road is a man hosing off the sidewalk.
A closeup of that intersection; this corner should be packed with cars and people, but this is the first day of having an open highway into town.
Around the corner, starting into downtown.  These photos were taken on our way back out of town, because of the sun, so they are in reverse order of what most people see entering town the 'normal' way.
Looking the other way.

The flowers at the main intersection into E.P. are proudly showing their heads.  The parks in town have already recovered nicely, and you can see 'Open' signs lit back up.  Hope this helps all of you see just how resilient these people are.  Yes, there is major damage to some, but the businesses are putting up a huge effort.  Let's help them:  come visit.

Bionic Cowgirl


  1. What a gorgeous place! I'd be there in a blink of an eye (but it's a bit of a trek from WA State). Bet those streets will soon be full!

  2. It is a amazing how quickly you are all recovering out there. Estes Park looks like it got on the ball and is open for business again.

  3. Wow. It is a gorgeous place! Someday we are going to drop by. Great clean up. It is amazing what motivation will do.


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