Last night, I was sitting in the lobby and a long time, return, guest got my attention through the window and mouthed that there was a bear right behind the office. I poked my head out to take a peek and sure enough, there he was! This bear was a younger one, but very healthy and jiggled when he walked, so he is doing well on stocking up on food for the winter. I snapped a couple of pics on the phone, then ran over to my car to grab the bigger camera. But it was very near dark, so the pics didn’t turn out all that great.
The Bear kind of meandered around the property and I had to yell at him to get away from the dumpsters, which he didn’t like.. he huffed at me then ran up the hill. But it was only about 30 seconds before he poked his head around the corner eyeing the dumpsters again! ha! So I chucked some pine cones at him and he ran off down toward the office next door at Wildwood Inn. I snapped a couple of shots from a distance after which he ran across the road and down towards the river. A great experience!
And after re-reading this, it sounds like I was doing some very stupid things. But know that I was quite a good distance from the bear and was always near a door to one of the cabins if I needed to hop in one, if he got a little angry. But, as usual, the Bear just didn’t want anything to do with any of us and was more scared than anything. So do know that I treated this animal with respect and certainly kept to a very safe distance.
Deer Mountain making a brief appearance this morning
Every September we see the tundra begin to turn crimson and gold as the aspen show signs of of their annual display. This year is no different, though it is happening a touch earlier than usual. The flanks of Deer Mountain across from the lodge are already dotted with gold as the aspens turn, and the high country has been threatened with the first snow of the season for the last 10 days or so.
This morning, after a night of steady rains down here in the Estes Valley, we awoke to glimpses of snow on the high peaks. In places it looked quite deep, but was hard to see as the low clouds have us socked in down here. It’s one of those rare days in Colorado where we don’t have the brilliant blue skies we are so famous for. But it’s kind of nice. A crisp morning, fresh snow on the peaks, and a fire crackling in the fireplace, all as the smell of turning leaves lace the cool breeze coming from the west.
Low clouds on this Autumn morning.
I managed to snap a couple of pics here at the lodge this morning, but this is something you just have to experience to appreciate!
A great little video highlighting all there is to do in Estes Park during the spectacular Fall season! This is one of our favorite times of year. The aspen start turning their fiery gold, the elk begin bugling that echoes through our high mountain valleys, and the cold begins to creep down the mountains causing smoke to rise, once again, from the chimneys in and around town. Enjoy!
That’s right! How would you like a weekend in Estes?!?! We are partnering with Poppy’s Pizza and Mama Rose’s Italian to offer a free weekend in Estes Park. Over the weekend of August 17/18, get two nights of lodging here at McGregor, and all of your meals, included in this weekend getaway contest! All you need to do is get here!
Enjoy some of the National Park’s hundreds of miles of hiking trails then come ‘home’ to relax in your cabin as you look out at Deer Mountain right across the valley! To refuel, head over to Poppy’s or Mama Rose’s for a wonderful meal in downtown Estes Park!
All meals and two nights lodging are included… note that this is for two people. You’ll be staying in one of our Columbine Cottages (link), a wonderful cabin with spectacular panoramic views. It has a queen bed, jetted bathtub, fully equipped kitchen, and a wood burning fireplace. Take advantage of our video library and our close proximity to both the town of Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park!