Colorado is a semi-arid climate, and droughts come and go with regularity. It is not unusual for the state to be in a severe drought in the summer and to return to normal in the fall and winter. Most of Colorado was in extreme drought in June 2013, the year of the East Peak Fire.
December 30, 2017
We hear a shuffling, then see a movement in front of us, a shape on the boulder less than five feet from us. A furry foot is reaching from the rock to the deck. A big furry foot. Attached to a bear. Seems he’s planning on coming onto the deck. “Shoo!” I shout. Seriously, this …
December 11, 2017
The forest in 2012 and after the East Peak Fire in 2013. The East Spanish Peak is in the background.
Our cabin is roughly the size of a two-car garage—20X24-feet—with a deck across most of the front. The giant hollyhock took us about a decade to grow, using seeds from my sister Phyllis’s yard in Pueblo. It seems happy in it nest next to the rock our neighbor Harold hauled out of the meadow for …
Our neighbor Dave called to warn us about the fire at about 6 p.m. June 19, 2013. It began at the Spanish Peaks Scout Ranch, about a mile from our little handmade cabin south of Walsenburg, in the foothills of the East Spanish Peak. We had evacuated by 6:20. The fire was ultimately named …