One of the things that I love about here is how different elevations have different seasons at the same time.
Yesterday, I rode a route that I love with this beautiful view of our mountains and some angry clouds. My rib still hurts like a demon but it's not as bad as spinal pain so I can handle riding with it. My main concession to it is that I need to ride my bike that has the most cushioned suspension.
At the end of my ride, I decided to swing by an area where people like to camp to check for fires. It was 5% humidity with 35mph winds yesterday (and today) - so an ounce of prevention goes a long way.
Indeed, as I arrived at one empty campsite, I could see smoke and ashes being blown right out of the fire ring. The fire department has given me orange tape to mark the route into fires that I find (I find a lot of them). I marked the site, and then I took a photo and a video.
The photo doesn't look like much but there was a campfire smoldering deeply in the rock ring.
I wouldn't have been so alarmed except for the ferocity of the wind. You can sense that from this very short video.
The volunteer firefighters arrived and did a tremendous job of putting it out, even digging down deep to get the smoldering roots and other underground debris that can explode into a forest fire later.
I felt like I'd done a good deed for the day but I was upset to read that someone else found another campfire left burning in the same area this morning (and the winds are even higher today - and have caused two huge wildfires to break out in other parts of Colorado). When will people learn? We have ample examples from our area of campfire-sparked devastating wildfires.
All that I want to do is prevent our beautiful world from being burned up!