When I awoke Thursday morning at 3:30am, I got out of bed, rather than lie there trying to get back to sleep and looked through photographs I had taken the previous day. At day break, I looked out the window at the Thompson River raging next to the resort we stayed at. As you can see from a photo I took minutes before we escaped, the river had taken over the pool and hot tub. After calling the front desk a couple of times with my concerns with the rising water, they called our room and said we were in pre-evacuation mode…be ready. My friend Gina and I made the decision to “get the heck out of there”, rather than wait until it was too late to leave! So we packed the car in the rain and drove to the road/bridge pictured in the photo below. By this point there was a yellow “do not cross” tape blocking the way and I asked the resort manager (who was sitting in a golf cart by the bridge) if we could cross at our own risk. He said “no” and told us where the only other road out of the resort was located. I drove over there and headed to Trail Ridge Road into the Rocky Mountain National Park. One section of a road had a couple of inches of water running across a 12 foot wide section. I made the decision to drive across it.
Trail Ridge Road was beautiful! It took less than an hour and one-half to get to Grand Lake, where we stayed for the evening. We stopped a few times for photo opportunities. The wind blew our umbrella into the upside down position, which made for a cute photo. And the rainbow just added that bit of magic!
The sun came out! We stopped for a 5 minute break and discovered this beautiful small lake set off of the road.
The scenery was breathtaking…
I can’t wait to show you photographs from Grand Lake! It is absolutely stunning!
We realize that people have died from the flooding, homes have been ruined, and lives changed forever because of this terrible flooding. We also feel lucky that we were able to escape and have fun on our vacation in spite of everything.
- Flooded Estes Park roads begin crumbling, forcing evacuations (denverpost.com)
- People rescued by helicopters from Colo. flooding (cnsnews.com)
- Trail Ridge Road in the Rocky Mountain National Park / Estes Park, Coloraco (reinertgj.wordpress.com)
- Man Chronicles Escape From Big Thompson Flooding (denver.cbslocal.com)
- Rescues accelerate as floodwater inundates Colo. (mysanantonio.com)
- Rocky Mountain National Park Closes Down Due To Flooding (denver.cbslocal.com)
- Estes Park Devastated By Flooding (denver.cbslocal.com)
- My Heart Breaks for You, Estes Park (webcentrick.wordpress.com)