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

running a successful business and riding as often as possible.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

New Year's Eve

Each  New Year's Eve since Y2K, we have turned the lights off a half hour before the midnight, lit candles and lamps, and had a candle light new years toast when the old grandfathers clock struck 12.

Things have worked out a little differently this New Year's Eve.  The temperature is about -5 degrees outside and the wind is howling at 30 to 40 miles per hour.  It's been that way for the last couple days.  I'm glad I'm not a brass monkey.

What is different this new years, it the lights went out.  ALL OVER.  From Estes Park to us and beyond, there was no juice. We had a two and a half hour power failure.  The candles were REQUIRED.  Juanita and I ran around lighting candles and stoking the wood burning stoves, then looked at each other, shrugged, and sat down and read aloud to one another (a Mark Rashid book).  The disappointment when the power came back on was palpable.  Our guests up in room #22, the "Hideaway Room", came down after the power came back, still giggling, but a little disappointed that the power was back.

We did shut the lights down for our regular New Year's Toast, but we left the heaters running.



  1. Always an adventure... glad you have heat :)

    Happiest New Year - glad we'll be seeing ya this year!

  2. Happy New Year!!!

    I gotta say, getting to stay with you at your lovely lodge and meet your family was THE highlight of the year for Dear Husband and I. We're looking forward to coming back!!

    (And I'll sit in the sun down here for you today to thaw your brass monkey parts Bill... its supposed to be 70 some degrees out with thunderstorms rolling in later on.)

  3. AH, yes. The infamous Y2K, Kinda reminds me of that old Chick-flick

    "Much ado About Nothing"

    -5 with 30 to 40 mile an hour winds???? How ARE you containing those shot balls?????

    And yes!!! you can consider this a rhetorical question.....

    If you will excuse me now I think I will go look for some Crytobyotic dust to sniff....

    Happy New Year :o) Stay warm and keep your powder dry.

  4. Ha! Cold here, too, but so glad nothing went out. I would have been a popo popcicle. Sounds like an enchanting evening for you and your guests! Happy New Year!


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