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Mountain Folks

08 Oct

Some friends took me to a concert last night in Denver (Ghost, which is probably described as death metal or death pop) and by the time I got back up to my home in the mountains, it was well after midnight.

This morning I decided to go to the Sundance Cafe for breakfast. I rarely go out for breakfast, but when I do, it makes the day special.

Even though I didn’t know anyone, when I looked around the restaurant I saw mostly locals. I’m not sure how I can tell. Maybe it’s the practical clothing and the lack of style. I think it’s the winters that make us that way, where all the trappings of the city are put aside for survival. In January, when the winds are howling, I just stop caring about style and wear whatever will keep me warm and dry.  I remember one night my first winter up here, I was startled when getting out of my car to go into the house. The wind was carving the snow into a moonscape and it was bitter cold. The cold was now serious business.

And the couple sitting at the next table somehow knew I was a local, too, because they struck up a conversation with me of local topic. All of the other conversations I overheard were about local topics as well. Perhaps it’s just because the locals know if you’re going to eat out on a weekend, breakfast is the only option before the hordes of tourists drive up from Denver.  By lunch time, the cafe will be packed and with a waiting list.

Even though I’m not very active in the local community, I am still part of it.

 

Fall foliage on the ground, Yankee Doodle Lake.

Fall foliage on the ground, Yankee Doodle Lake.

 
 

Cold Springs Fire: Two Weeks Later

26 Jul

Click on photos for larger versions.

This evening I went back to one of the view points I had of the fire a little over 2 weeks ago. I took some “after” photos for a comparison.

Little did I know at the time when I took this first photo, that there was a house in the upper right. All that stands now is a chimney and some solar panels.

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The following two photos are also aligned. The houses in these photos appear to have escaped major damage.

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The next three photos show what had to have been some remarkable structure protection efforts by the fire fighters.

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I’m not sure if the house in this final photo escaped damage.  From this angle it looks okay.

 

Cold Springs Fire

10 Jul

Photos from Day 2 of the Cold Springs Fire (click on photo for larger).

 

Chinook dipping into Barker Reservoir.

Chinook dipping into Barker Reservoir.

 

Chinook dropping a load.

Chinook dropping a load.

 

Black Hawk

Black Hawk

 

North side of Boulder Canyon

North side of Boulder Canyon

 

North Side of Boulder Canyon.

North Side of Boulder Canyon.

 

Chinook Helicopter

Chinook Helicopter

 

There is a house right in the center.

There is a house near the bottom of the stream of water.  When the flame showed up in the lower right, I got out of there.

 

Lockheed P2V Neptune

Lockheed P2V Neptune

 

 

This one is a jet.

This one is a jet (BAE 146).

 

 

 

 
 
 
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