May 20th, 2004 -
"Trail Ridge Road" To Open Today... With weather
permitting, Trail Ridge Road in RMNP will open today at 9:00AM... The
Alpine Visitor Center, located along Trail Ridge Road, will be closed
to vehicles and pedestrians due to heavy snow removal equipment working
in the parking area... Restrooms will be open at Rock Cut and Milner
Pass... Trail Ridge Road historically opens on Memorial
Day weekend; last year the road opened on May 23rd... The earliest the road has opened was on May
Trail Ridge Road is the highest continuous paved road in the United
States, climbing to 12,183 feet and connecting the towns
of Estes Park and Grand Lake... Trail Ridge Road
closed for the season last year on November 6th...
Because weather conditions may change rapidly, park
visitors are encouraged to contact the park
information office at (970) 586-1206 to receive
current road conditions...
May 18th, 2004 -
Sharp Curves Ahead... Movers of a modular home this morning found
that the curves through the switchback area of FDR 128 were a bit
narrower and sharper than anticipated when the trailer carrying a home
they were delivering lodged on a guardrail along the second
switchback... The incident occurred at around 10:30AM, causing road
delays for several hours... Damage to the both house and the guardrail were reported...
At 7:30PM the home was reported at the "T" and FDR 128 is
now open and unobstructed...
Photo of home moving up FDR
128 shortly before lodging on rail in switchbacks
Workers and residents
evaluate situation after moving modular home from rail
May 16th, 2004 -
Comet "NEAT" Visible In Western Skies... Take a look
toward the west tonight and you may get a glimpse of comet "NEAT
C/2001 Q4" along with four planets... Jupiter, Mars, Saturn, and
Venus are all currently shining in the evening skies after sunset...
Comet "NEAT" is passing near the "Beehive Cluster"
making it easy to locate... Look between 9:30PM and 10:30PM for two
fuzzy spots approximately 30° above the horizon, due west... Binoculars
will reveal one as the comet and the other as a cluster of stars... A
short tail may also be visible through binoculars and small
telescopes... Clouds and overall poor viewing conditions have hampered
our efforts to get local photos but tonight may be the night...
Spectacular photos as well as maps and other info can be found at: Spaceweather.com
Photo of Comet "NEAT
C/2001 Q4" taken by David Harvey at Kitt Peak National
Observatory in Tucson, Arizona on May 14th