Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Bear Tales

         It seems there are always animal stories floating around town.  The latest is that a black bear chose to hibernate in the crawl space of a business downtown.  There ws much discussion over what to do.  It was decided with the help of the" bear lady" from the Colorado Department of Wildlife to close the bear up in the crawl space for the winter along with a camera to monitor his hibernation.  It was reported that the bear changed positions periodically throughout the winter.  The location of the sleeping bear was kept top secret so as not to draw crowds or worry passers by.  Last week it was observed via video that the bear was waking up.  The crawl space was opened up once again.  The bear would return during the day for a couple of days but then left permenently.  Fortunately along with the bears waking early due to the beautiful weather we have experienced, the folage is blooming so the bears have food to eat.
        No one knows for sure where the bear has gone.  Maybe it was the same bear who wwas eating apples off a tree in the middle of town in years past.  Maybe he knows "George" the black bear that passes our way in the summer and thrills guests.  Maybe he knows the group of bears that gather at the Sundeck Restaurant dumpster at 1:00am on Friday nights to partake of the remains of the fish special.  Whomever he is or knows we are glad that he and many others grace our beartiful area.  The people of Estes Park have lived peacefully with the bears and wild life for many years and I don't forsee anything changing.  Praise God!

Living the Dream, Roger and Karin Steers Your Estes Park Bed and Breakfast Hosts

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Signs of Spring-Bird Watching at the Anniversary Inn B & B

   We are experiencing the signs and songs of Spring in that the Elk are shedding their horns www.nps.gov/romo/naturescience/elk.htm,the Blue Birds are returning to mate http://www.allaboutbirds.org/Page.aspx?pid=1189&ac=ac  , and Roger and I are watching a Great Horned Owl couple and their nest in Rocky Mountain National Park.  The RMNP Bird Walks will begin in April to observe the nesting and migration of birds that come each year to mate and vacation for the summer.  This is much like our guests.
    The Anniversary Inn Bed and Breakfast  has hosted the rare Cordilleran Flycatchers for the 5 years that Roger and I have been here.  Last year, a bald eagle stopped by to eat a breakfast of fish in a tree outside the Inn window. His picture made the front page of the Estes Park News. We have an owl that frequents our trees outside the Cabin, he performs 2-3 nights a week.  A guest sat outside by the firepit one morning last summer and spotted 24 different varieties of birds in 2 hours.
    Spring is heard in the increasing number of birds singing in the morning.  The temperature has been in the 50's and 60's this week.  The turkeys have returned as we have a pair hanging around the Inn.  The elk and deer are more active and are spotted daily at the Inn.  I was stopped outside of town waiting for about 200 head of elk to cross the road.  Why does the elk cross the road?  Come see us and we will give you the answer.  We had a 6 point bull in the front yard today and I asked him to please drop his horns in our yard.  I will let you know if he honors my request.
    I must go now as the Red Tailed Hawk is eyeing the poodles and I need to get them to safety.
Living the Dream, Roger and Karin Steers Your Estes Park Bed and Breakfast Hosts

Sunday, March 4, 2012

The Anniversary Inn B & B and Rocky Mountain National Park

The Anniversary Inn B & B  and the formation of  Rocky Mountain National Park  (RMNP) (rmnp.com) share common beginnings.  Albert Hayden who did the surveying for what was to become RMNP built a one story lake home which would become known as the Anniversary Inn B & B, in the small community known as Estes Park in 1906. Hayden surveyed and hiked the mountains for several summers preparing the maps for the park service. Mr. Hayden surveyed and named Mt. Jullian, Mt. Ida, and Mt. Alice after his daughters.  Miss Anna Dickinson, who was the first women to climb Longs Peak, stayed at the home when she make her climb.  Anna wrote, "After the climb, camping below timberline the climbing party sat around the campfire and talked of all things that touch the brain and soul". Rocky Mountain National Park was opened  in 1915.  Hayden continued to own the home until the early 1920's when he sold it to the Vaughns.  Mr.Vaughn started the First National Bank and opened a hardware store in the town of Estes Park.  In order to convince his wife to move with him he committed to adding a second story. They were integral members of the community.  They owned the home until 1975.  Mrs. Vaughn sold it shortly after Mr. Vaughn died to a developer who divided off two plots and sold them to private individuals.
     The home was sold to a pilot and his wife who did some remodeling to establish the first bed and breakfast.  It was called the Tommer Hus Bed and Breakfast which is Norwegian for log cabin.  The breakfast included many Scandinavia dishes including Swedish Pancakes, Norwegian Cardamom Rolls and Danish Abelhage..  After several years, the inn was sold and the new owners named it the Anniversary Inn B &B.
    Roger and I bought the Inn in 2008.  We closed it for a month, redecorated, and refurnished it to become the luxury mountain inn it is today.  The Inn still has the original beautiful log structure.  Hayden pioneered the cement chinking that is between the logs. The yellow pine floors are the original flooring.  Roger and I have sought to maintain the beauty and the history of this historic home. The Inn continues to welcome visitors to Rocky Mountain National Park. Roger has climbed 50 of the 52 peaks in Colorado and is well versed on the hiking trails within the park. We also continue the tradition of holding special events and celebrating special occasions.  We seek to provide a warm, hospitable, and inviting atmosphere for all those who journey to the mountains.

Living the Dream, Roger and Karin Steers Your Estes Park Bed and Breakfast Hosts