Monday, June 18, 2012

Scandinavians, Artists, History Buffs and Nature Lovers Come to Estes Park June 23-24

   The Scandinavian Midsummer Festival, Pen and Ink Sketches with Water Color (, Historic Predators of Estes Park Lecture, are but a few of the activities available in Estes Park this weekend.  First of all lets clear the air, their is no smoke in Estes Park from the recent fire North East of us.  The Westerly winds have kept our air quality clean and clear.  The weather is outstanding, so come and see all Estes and Rocky Mountain National Park (

    The Scandinavian Midsummer Festival is a celebration of midsummer with music, dance,food and craft venders, craft and lefse demonstrations, Viking re-enactors, silent auction, and raffle.  It starts with the raising of the Maypole at 9:30 Saturday, followed at 10 with a parade of flags and costumes, and the national anthems. It is being held in Bond Park and is free to all.  It is a very colorful and fun event.
    Pen & Ink Sketches with Watercolor: A Travel Sketchbook will cover Pen and Ink Techniques combined with Watercolor in order to capture your surroundings in a watercolor sketchbook.  The cost is $140.00 for the 2 day class.  Sketching will be done at various locations in Rocky Mountain National Park.
What a great way to enjoy two days in nature.
    The Historic Predators in Estes Park Lecture will be held at the Estes Park Musuem at 2pm.  A guest educational ranger from Rocky Mountain National Park will discuss how wolves, grizzly bears and wolverines once roamed the northern Rocky Mountains.  A demonstration with skulls and pelts reveal special adaptations that made these creatures supreme humters. 
    New this year is the Journey to the Top!: A Trail Ridge Road Bus Adventure.  It is offered Wednesdays and Thursdays.  The adventure takes you up Trail Ridge Road, the nation's highest continuous paved highway, this road meanders through various life zones on it's way through the Park and over one of the largest, most pristine stretches of Alpine Tundra in the lower 48 states.  The tour is from 9am-3pm the $55.00 fee per adult, $30.00 per child 12 and under, includes park entrance and lunch.  For more information go to  The tour is available June 13- August 1 on Wednesdays and Thursdays. This is a good choice for those of you who are apprensive driving in the mountains to high altitudes with few guardrails.  It is a must see and very spectacular.
    Fall River Road is now open.  This is the original road up to the Continental Divide.  It is not paved and 4 wheel drive is encouraged.  This road is full of amazing sights and beautiful wildflowers.  There are also a few hiking trails along the way.  The road ends at the Visitors Center on top of the Trail Ridge Road.  It is for the more adventurous at heart.
  Come get away to the beautiful mountains this summer.  Your room is ready.


    The Scandinavian Midsummer Festival, Pen and Ink Sketches with Water Color, Historic Predators of Estes Park Lecture are but a few of the offerings in Estes Park this weekend.

    The Scandinavian Midsummer Festival, Pen and Ink Sketches with Water Color, Historic Predators of Estes Park Lecture are a few offerings in
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