Sunday, June 24, 2012

Colorado is Burning!

Today we drove 6hrs from Durango to Colorado Springs.

Our route took us over the famous (or infamous) Wolf Creek Pass..
Those of you who are ex-truckers like me certainly remember the CW MCall
Song about the pass
Me an' Earl was haulin' chickens on a flatbed out of Wiggins,
 and we'd spent all night on the uphill side of thirty-seven miles of hell 
called Wolf Creek Pass. Which is up on the Great Divide

What... no ex-truckers out there!

Anyway - we arrived at our new home for the next 3 nights...
Cheyenne Mountain State Park...  on the Eastern Flank of Cheyenne Mountain
overlooking the city of Colorado Springs.

The view is wonderful from our camper!

If Cheyenne Mountain sounds remotely familiar, that is because it is the secret,
or not so secret - Air Force Facility where all the US Nukes are controlled from.

The facility is dug into the side of the mountain and we can see the entrance from where we sit.

Unfortunately - we traveled thru a lot of smoke from several Wildfires today,
and upon reaching C-Springs, I learned that there is another fire burning just to the west of
here that has closed Route 24 which would provide our access to much of what
I wanted to visit while here.

If something doesn't happen real quick, there's gonna be
No Pikes Peak!
No Garden of the Gods!
No Chuckwagon Supper at the Flying W Ranch!
No Visit to Cripple Creek or Manitou Springs!

To boot - the temp on the ride up from Pueblo today topped at 106 degrees.
They are setting all sorts of all time heat records all this week and we are right in the
middle of it!

The poor fire fighters who have to battle the blazes in this heat.

There are at least 6 wildfires burning in the state that I know about...
We've been affected the last few days by 3 of them.

Anyway - no pictures for tonight...
I'm tired and just want to chill a bit.

Keep your fingers crossed for all the folks who are at risk from these fires.
For us it is a disappointment or an inconvenience...

To them it is the difference of having a home or the loss of everything.

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