Sunday, May 20, 2012

First Weekend in June Fishing Derby and Map and Compass Basics in RMNP

    Fisherman and Hikers are the focus of the June 2 weekend as the The 24th annnual Fishing Derby and Map and Compass Basics in Rocky Mountain National Park ( are held.  I love to fish so the thought of fishing in scenic Lake Estes, which will be stocked with trout, mostly rainbows, from the Colorado Division of Wildlife the day prior to the event, is hard to resist. Of course the class in map and compass basics sounds very tempting especially for off trail hiking.  Roger grew up hiking off trail and reading maps, I on the other hand am clueless unless he is with me.
    The Fishing Derby's registration will begin at 6:30am.  If you stay with us, Roger will make sure you have breakfast and lunch for the days fishing.  The Derby is open for all ages.  Registration is $4 per person and their will be prizes for various categories.
    The Orienteering for Beginners: Map & Compass Basics in RMNP is intended for the recreational hiker who has little or no experience reading a topographic map or working with a compass.  Topics that will be covered include: map souces, map vintage, next generation of US topo maps by USGS, map symbology, reading contour lines, recognizing landforms, calculating percent and angle of slope, compass components, taking a compass bearing and correcting for magnetic declination, overland navigation via map and compass and triangulation.  Are you still awake, if so maybe this class is for you.  All materials are provided and compasses will be available for loan. Cost $35.00. Call 970-586-3262 or visit website to purchase tickets. The class is from 12:30pm-5 pm.
    Did I hook you in to coming to Estes Park? That is what I was fishing for.
Living the Dream, Roger and Karin Steers Your Estes Park Bed and Breakfast Hosts

Memoria Day Weekend in Estes Park Colorado

    Memorial Day Weekend in Estes Park offers the three day Art Market, Nature Birdwalk, Western Heritage Antique Show, and Trail Ridge Road Travel.  Memorial Day Weekend is significant in many ways it is a time of remembrance for all those who sacrificed their lives that we may live in this beautiful free country.It marks the end of school and beginning of summer with all its glorious possibilities. It is the time to get away for a long weekend and celebrate.  The forecast for the weekend is gorgeous weather, fun, food and adventure.
    Estes offers wonderful opportunities for fun.  The Art Market is one of the premire art shows in Colorado. It is my favorite art show of the year.  There are venders from all over offering jewelry, leather goods, ceramic, photography, woodcarvers, oil paintings and much more.  Richard and Helen Hahn (Richard's pictures grace every wall at the Anniversary Inn) will have a special booth of photograhs filled with both old favorities and new spectacular wildlife and landscapes ( Richard is also hosting a complimentary Nature Birdwalk in the National Park on Friday and Sunday mornings at 8:00am at the west end parking lot of the Alleuvial Fan.  Richard who is a National Park volunteer is extremely knowledgeable about the wildlife, birds and flora and fauna. He is a wonderful teacher and host. Nature lovers it is also a good time to see the Big Horn Sheep as they are seen almost daily at the Sheep Lakes.
    The Western Heritage Anitique Show has expanded to include spectacular artwork from artists both local and from afar.  It features over 45 booths with an array of antiques and collectibles that include rare glass, books, primatives, jewelry, western memorablia, paintings, sculptures, fine antiques, woodburning stoves and more. It will be held in Stanley Park all three days and proceeds will go to the Rooftop Rodeo Fund.
   Trail Ridge Road  opened early this year due to all the beautiful weather we have been having.  It opened May 14.  We have had enough rain to green the grasses and bring forth an abundance of wildflowers.  Trail Ridge Road is the Highest continuous paved highway in the United States.  A trip over Trail Ridge Road will provide you with spectacular views of the Rocky Mountains, alpine terrain, wildlife and for those of you who may be a little scared of heights a cheap thrill.
  Come and stay with us for the Memorial Day Weekend and enjoy all that Estes has to offer.  We are offering a 10% Discount on rooms for anyone who mentions the Blog when they make their reservation through May.  Helen is also offering a 10% Discount to those who mention the Blog when they purchase something at her booth or her shop Alpenglow.
  Hope to see you this weekend.
 Living the Dream, Roger and Karin Steers Your Estes Park Bed and Breakfast Hosts

Sunday, May 6, 2012

May, Mother's Day and Jazz Fest in Estes Park

    May is an exciting month in Estes Park because of Mother'sDay, the Jazz Fest and Art Walk.  Surprise your mother with a stay at the Anniversary Inn.  Let her know how much you appreciate her and pamper her with a weekend away, massage, hiking and shopping.  If she loves Jazz bring her May 19-20 for the Estes Park Jazz Fest and Art Walk.  It has represented the beginning of the outdoor music season for the past couple of decades.  It returns with free performances including drummer Louis Hayes, who will appear just a week before his 75th birthday.  Hayes played with Cannonball Adderley and Oscar Peterson's popular bands in the 60's, and he's remained a signigicant force in Jazz.  Flutist Dave Valentine will headline the second day.  He is on of the biggest jazz names on his instrument.  The rest of schedule is filled with a host of regional acts, and it all takes place at Performance Park outdoor amphitheatre.
    If your mother is more of an animal lover, the elk and deer are calving this month.  There are already warning signs up around Lake Estes and at the Municipal Golf Course to keep people at a safe distance from the elk and deer giving birth.  Labor and delivery makes all mothers cranky and prone to lashing out. Hope to see you .  Living the Dream, Roger and Karin Steers Your Estes Park Bed and Breakfast Hosts