So, the Pike's Peak area is slowly returning to a new "normal". The fire is 100% contained thanks to the hard work of 1400+ firefighters (THANK YOU!!). Areas inside the containment area will continue to burn until the first freeze.
I was able to come home from vacation up Hwy 24 (which was closed nearly the entire time) to a home with no damage. In fact, everybody I know has returned to their homes. But the degree of separation between me and somebody who lost their home is ONE. Four families in my Mom's church lost homes. One of my stamping buddies, Joanna, knows 6 families. (Read her blog entry (Joanna / Sitting on Pens and Needles), about her evacuation from fire storm that night.)
The area now moves to rebuilding and restoring. Neither will happen fast. Everyday there is a reminder - either driving into or out of Colorado Springs. The view is forever altered. Yesterday, I was sitting at a light and a semi truck drove out of the Mountain Shadows burn area carrying 3 burnt out cars...just bare metal.
The following pictures are what I see daily.
So, I will return to my regular topics. I have lots of crafty stuff to share with you (it's been a while, huh?). AND the building permit for the basement should be approved this week. YEAH!!
OH!! ONE MORE THING! Please, please come visit us in the Pike's Peak area. While I've shown you all the ugly parts, there are still LOTS and LOTS of BEAUTIFUL views. There's lots to DO and SEE. All the major attractions are untouched, with the one exception - the Flying W Ranch. We still have lots of hiking trials and camping areas available. We need you!