Fires and Floods, Oh My!

October 9, 2013

I haven’t written a blog post for quite a while. It’s been a long summer. Early in the season we had such a drought and the forrest fires were so frightening. So many homes lost in Colorado in several different conflagrations. We even had a fire in our little valley. If you’ve looked at the “about” page of this site, you know that I live in the foothills west of Denver. It’s a beautiful little valley with a development of homes, each on a few acres of Ponderosa pine, aspen and scrub oak. One evening in June, I saw a small plume of white smoke rising about a half mile from our home. We’d had a lightening storm about an hour earlier. That was common during June. I phoned 911 and our volunteer fire department arrived quickly.

It was soon dark, but I could see the headlights of the fire trucks well into the night. I don’t know how they were able to fight the fire as it was in a forrested area not easily accessible from the road. But they did fight it and won. I saw the headlights move out of the area about 11pm. I can’t tell you how relieved and grateful I was.

How ironic then that in late summer Colorado was inundated with historic flooding. It rained and rained for days on end. We’re situated half way up the hillside, so we felt secure that we wouldn’t see rising waters from the creek in our valley. But the ground was so saturated, we did worry whether our basement would leak and flood, or our ground would begin to shift. It didn’t. We were so lucky. But it was heart breaking to watch the TV and see what was happening to others. I know a lot of people, including those in my husband’s flooded Boulder office, who were affected. It will be a few more weeks before his office reopens.

Let’s hope the winter season is a mild one. Colorado deserves some relief. I can report that we are having a beautiful autumn. The aspen trees are turning gold and red in our neighborhood. Yesterday I was hiking in a local open space park with my daughter and grandson. It was a glorious sunny day and I can share a photo of that. There were so many oil painters there capturing the beauty on their canvas’.

Hiking at Meyer's Ranch Open Space Park

Hiking at Meyer’s Ranch Open Space Park

 

In truth, I’m really lucky to live where I do. There are struggles with nature, but it is also incredibly beautiful. We all love it here.

Come visit us sometime, or at least visit the website and I’ll try to blog more often.

 

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