McGregor Mountain Blog

Beautiful Morning!

April 15, 2014

It’s spring here at McGregor! That’s for sure! Birds singing, some fresh snow, greening grass… it’s all part of our favorite time of year! I went on a ten minute walk around the property this morning and took a few short clips so we could share our little slice of Heaven with you!  Sorry about some of the wind noise, but I didn’t want to add music because I didn’t want to cover up all of the singing birds! Enjoy!

Michael

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A Fine Spring Day!

April 12, 2014

Spring is kicking into gear here in the high country. The grass is greening, flowers are starting to bloom, the spring runoff is slowly coming off of the mountains, and the wildlife is getting more active as the promise of summer gets more real by the day! It’s a cool, cloudy day though, as we are getting ready for another spring snow storm. We’re looking to get about a foot of snow between now and tomorrow night. It’s just part of the deal here in the high country during this time of year.

As Steve was doing some spring projects, our little family of mule deer came down for a visit. Mama, Baby, Shadow, and crew stopped by to drink from the pond and to much on some fresh grass. They are a blast to have around. So sweet and curious. We spent about 20 minutes talking to them and taking some pictures before they moved on along the mountainside.

We had a few chippies stop by for pictures and I managed to snap some shots of a few of the bulbs that are blooming! We love this time of year! This winter has been a long one and we’re ready for warm mountain days, endless ribbons of single track in the National Park, and simply spending as much time outside as possible! Fire up the grills, wear out a few pair of hiking shoes, watch all the wildlife, and simply enjoy what the summer offers here in Estes Park.

Enjoy this little set of pics! Happy Spring!

Michael

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Donating to Crossroads

February 6, 2014

Our 3rd and final month of donations to Crossroads Ministry of Estes Park came to a close with December reservations. We were able to raise an additional $310 to bring our grand total to just under $2,000! December reservations slowed down a bit compared to previous months, but we were still able to give back to our community and couldn’t have done it without your help! So THANK YOU!

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We *really* wish we could have given more, but we were also greatly affected by the flood, financially, with cancellations during our busiest time of year. While we feel very blessed that our property remained in tact with relatively little damage, we did have to get creative in order to help our our neighbors in need. For every reservation taken we would donate $10 to Crossroads. This enabled us to give back to our community in its greatest time of need and encourage people to book with us asap, helping bring cash in to keep the business operating. And it worked! So again, THANK YOU!!

And we are thrilled to have donated to Crossroads here in Estes! Just to fill you in on what they have been doing with our, and many many other, donations, here is a rundown:

Flood Relief Services Provided Through Crossroads Ministry of Estes Park

Flood relief services assist with direct  and indirect impacts of the September 2013 flood for individuals and families of the R-3 School District, whether in Larimer or Boulder Counties, and may include persons displaced by the flood, whose residence is or was outside the school district. Flood relief services are funded through contributions and grants made to Crossroads Ministry that were designated for flood relief.

AS OF 2-04-14

$356,805     flood relief contributions / grants received to date

$208,706     flood relief expenditures to date

$148,099     unexpended balance flood relief contributions/grants

$        770     average cost of an assist

271 flood relief assists to date

  • 113 housing assists: rent, mortgage
  • 49 houshold: generators, water tanks, mold remediation supplies, etc…
  • 32 debris removal, clean up
  • 29 transportation assists: auto rental, lease, other
  • 29 utility assists
  • 16 medical assists
  • 3 laundry assists

As one can see, these donations are going to good use and directly impacting, in a very positive way, victims of the flood. This helped those whose jobs got washed away, who’s homes were uninhabitable but they still had to pay their mortgages AND rent for additional housing, those who could still live in their houses but had no water or power, etc… It helped those who had their transportation stuck across the river or whose vehicle had been washed away. Helped many who needed massive amounts of debris cleared or cleaned up. The point is, these donations were a huge benefit to many and an answer to a lot of hurting people’s prayers.

THANK YOU! From all of us here at McGregor and the Estes Valley!

Crossroads is still anticipating a need for flood relief and assists well into 2015. The ‘emergency’ phase of their flood relief is wrapping up, but there will be an ongoing need for assists, especially for the lower income individuals and families of the area. If you feel that you would like to help, you can make a donation to Crossroads here: https://my.simplegive.com/g3/

Be sure to make the donation for ‘Estes Park Flood Relief.’

Crossroads of Estes Park can also be contacted by calling 970.577.0610 or by visiting the following page: http://crossroadsministryofep.org/?page_id=15

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Brat on a sub zero morning!

February 5, 2014

When I got out of bed this morning the sun was lighting the peaks along the divide with a gentle red glow and the thermometer was reading -20F (-29C). I had brought the plow truck home last night to knock the fresh snow off the driveway, so went out really quick to fire it up and give it a chance to get warm before plowing and making the trip to the lodge. It struggled to turn over, but started up just fine, considering. But by the time I was on the way back in my nose was frozen and hands were getting cold! We get cold temps here in the mountains, but 20 below is certainly not the norm… so it’s always kind of fun to experience.

As I pulled into the lodge I noticed Brat right away. He was lounging in front of our Columbine Cottage #3 chewing some cud. His whiskers were covered in frost along with his legs and back! He even had a little frosty mohawk in between his antlers. After I was done plowing, I grabbed the camera and snapped a few pics!

It’s a beautiful day in the high country! We wish you were here to experience it with us!

Enjoy!

Michael

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Moving Forward!

September 27, 2013

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Looking west at the Mummy Range

If you have been following us on Facebook, as well as others around town, you’d know that Estes Park is well on its way to being back at 100%! Especially for you, our welcomed guest! There are some areas, in more residential neighborhoods and some outlying towns (Glen Haven, Pinewood Springs) that will take a bit longer to get back on their feet. But downtown Estes is just waiting on a few more restaurants to re-open, and a vast majority of the National Park is now open again!

While all is, seemingly, back to normal there is a different feel to town. It’s quiet. The tourists just aren’t here. For those that have come up it’s a welcome change from the throngs of tourists that are usually out watching the elk bugle and enjoying the Fall colors. This *never* happens. You just don’t have solitude this time of year up here as it’s so immensely beautiful as to attract people from all over the world. Normally you are in a traffic jam in Moraine Park or Horseshoe Park as the Elk watching crowd heads out after sunset, sometimes sitting in traffic for 20 minutes before it clears out enough to move. It’s just not like that this year. If you are on the fence, this alone should persuade you to come on up! Now, this weekend will be a bit busier, and as the rut and foliage continue, with more people learning that Estes is ‘open for business,’ the crowds will start to filter back in. But it will still be much more laid back than normal.

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Aspen lined trail on Pole Hill.

As I’m writing this it’s about 45 degrees and raining lightly with snow up high (the AVC webcam is showing 26 degrees!). Fall is such a wonderful time of year! As the park was closed last week we all had to switch to trails that we normally don’t use. Friends were heading over to the west side of the park, which was open, or exploring accessible trails on the east side of Estes Park. I didn’t have the time to make the drive to the west side, so I made the short trip up to the trail head on Pole Hill and went up Panorama Peak. What an incredible hike! Jeep roads wind all over the place up there and many are lined with beautiful aspen, which, this time of year, are truly stunning. I’m certainly glad I have found these new-to-me trails in time for winter as they wont get quite as socked in with snow as some of the higher trails in the area. It’s a wonderful option and a nice change of pace from the more popular trails in the area… just bring a map as there are many winding trails/roads in the area… but it’s certainly worth exploring!

With things getting back to normal here, the main question we are still getting asked is how to get here with the nearby highway closures. We have our ‘Maps and Directions’ page updated with the current situation as far as roads go. As they begin to reopen, we will update this page accordingly. You can see it here: Maps and Directions

We truly hope to see you soon! Estes is flourishing and we *really* want you here to enjoy our special corner of the Rockies with us! Give us a call at 800.835.8439… we’d love to have you!

Michael

 

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