I don't know how many of you out there know this, but there are about a dozen forest fires raging in the CO foothills right now, the "high park" fire being about 20 miles from my house. Thank you to everyone who's checked in and made sure we're out of harm's way. I promise, the only threat the fire poses to us is smoky air quality, a ban on 4th of July fireworks, and a distinct lack of rock climbing. But I thought I'd share with you a picture of the High Park fire we took on Father's day, just to give you an idea:
Please keep the firefighters in your thoughts and prayers. There is a serious lack of manpower this year that is capable of fighting these fires. Can I also ask that if you have some extra change that you send it in the direction of the Red Cross? Statewide, over 500 homes have been lost so far this summer to these fires.
Wow, what a downer post during birthday week. Sorry guys. It really is a big deal though. More important than birthday week. I promise tomorrow will be more perky.