Everyone is back home, "only" 74 acres acres were burned, and there was no loss of life or homes. Air support, in the way of two Black Hawk and one Chinook helicopters from the Colorado National Guard which ferried water and fire retardant, was a big factor in controlling the fire.
|photo by Rebecca Baack|
From what I can tell, the fire was on the opposite side of the road from where the Lion's Lair trail that Ben and I like so much starts. It will be interesting to see how the terrain looks when we get up there again.
The really bad news is Ben's father is now quickly failing from pancreatic cancer. He was diagnosed and successfully received treatment four years ago, but in September tests showed the cancer had returned. Yesterday we learned that he is receiving hospice care at his home in Florida.
As I work around the house, walk with Ben, weed the rose bed, email my Senators about the health care bill, and otherwise live my life, my thoughts are with Dr. John and his wife, Nancy.
Here's a "way back" photo showing the menfolk in Florida when we visited there in 2004. I'm glad we have memories like these during this sad time.