Saturday, June 30, 2012

Final brief 36 hours in Littleton before I leave for the desert tomorrow morning. 

Time flies like an arrow; fruit flies like a banana.

Friday, June 29, 2012

Tiny Brother is finally 21. I've waited quite a long time for this. Celebrated at Charcoal in Denver last night.

Colorado burning--

I live in a perpetual campfire. Everything I own smells like smoke right now. Every rainstorm is a blessing and a cruse because though rain is always helpful, lightning is what caused the Flagstaff Fire this week. The last 10 or so days have been chaotic and terrifying. Fortunately my friend's house was spared in the Waldo fire in what can only be called a miracle. And the pre-evac alert was lifted from the west side of Boulder. But the other night, some crazy woman drove by my brother at 1am in our neighborhood and told him Massey Draw, the trail behind our house, was on fire. The whole KC Valley reeked of smoke, so my brother rushed home to warn us. My father called the sheriff and my brother and I drove around looking for the fire. Fortunately it was a false alarm and the smoke was blowing north from the Waldo fire. Nonetheless, it was terrifying. And being as ridiculous as I am, my first thought when my brother ran in the house wasn't what will I save but I don't think my camera is good enough to capture a photo of the blaze in the middle of the night like this.

Things are cooling off for now, but so much has been lost across the state.

[Photo by Augustus Barnes]

Time lapse video of the Flagstaff Fire

From the Boulder Office of Emergency Management:

June 29 - 12:10 p.m. - Smoke The heavy smoke visible in the Boulder Valley and foothills is NOT from local fires. There are many other fires burning in the region which have caused smoke to setlle in the area. Smoke from non-local fires is likely to remain visible for several days.

 June 29 - 11:45 a.m. - Status of Flagstaff Fire Fire Status: Last night, several reports of flare-ups were received as unburned islands of fuel continued to burn well inside the perimeter of the fire. This activity did not threaten the existing containment lines. Today, crews will focus on completing direct fireline along the fire’s north-east, east and south-east edges where appropriate. Existing containment lines along the west and south-west perimeters will be improved, and crews will seek out and extinguish hot spots up to 100’ inside the lines. Aircraft will continue to support crews on the ground throughout the day. Weather today is expected begin to get hotter and drier. Additionally, thunderstorms may develop over the area again today, with the likelihood of erratic winds and lightening, and potential for new fire starts.

Type 1 interagency hotshot crews, trained to work in the most difficult conditions and inaccessible terrain, are the right resources to fight this fire and achieve containment objectives. These crews will continue to work methodically to identify opportunities to construct direct fire line in the safest manner possible. Progress is expected to continue over the next several days as the fire lines are constructed and held by resources in the air and on the ground. Two engines will be patrolling the Bison and Pika Roads as well as roads from Greenbriar to Table Mesa overnight. With containment lines in good shape, it has been determined that hand crews will not be needed overnight.

Resources: Total Personnel: 221 Hand Crews: 4 Engines: 8 Dozers: 1 Water Tenders: 1 Helicopters: 4 No structures have been destroyed by the Flagstaff Fire.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Colorado is burning. View of Boulder from Littleton [@ C-470 & Bowles]:

There were nine fires in Boulder County this morning. This is a screenshot of the 9News live stream of the Flagstaff fire near the Flatirons in Boulder: 

32,000 people have been evacuated from Colorado Springs and one of my dear friend's family house is likely gone. I can't remember a worse summer for fires in Colorado. I don't know what to do. It's all burning to the ground.
June 24th: My 24th Birthday--

Friday[6/22] evening, I met my parents at one of my favorite restaurants, ChoLon, in downtown Denver for an early birthday dinner. The meal was incredible, as always.

We wandered Denver for a bit afterward. My dad left and my mom and I went and got desert at The Market.

Then we found a giant candy store where my mom bought me a bag of candy. 5 year olds got nothin' on me.

Saturday[6/23], R and I drove down to Red Rocks at 11am to meet up with our concert friends and wait in line to see Wilco. There was a lot of day drinking, many frozen grapes, Jay Z's Radiohead remixes, ice cubes, floppy hats, and NO FANNY PACKS.

Sunday![6/24], there was lots of sleeping in. Then R and I got a quick bite to eat before he drove me part of the way up 36 toward Estes Park, then through downtown, then up Canyon toward the creek, then further toward Nederland. It was all a diversion and after about 20 minutes of driving around, he pulled into the driveway at the St. Julien Hotel in downtown Boulder. His surprise was four hours at the St. Julien spa complete with a beautiful pool and hot tub, an outdoor terrace that overlooks the Flatirons, and a 75 minute massage [with rose petals and champagne] for both of us. I rarely post about anything this personal, but I am so in awe of this person's capacity for love and generosity, I can't do anything but celebrate it. I am beyond lucky.

After the St. Julien, we dressed up and walked to Jax for oysters and sazeracs.

Jax was followed by pork green chili, the best guacamole ever, and prickly pear margaritas at Tahona where our friends eventually met us to help celebrate.

The evening ended in the basement of Pearl St. Pub with a heated foosball match and birthday bourbon.

I couldn't ask for better friends, for a more amazing partner, or for a better place to spend this wonderful summer.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

I will call this post, Why I Am Happy:

Forest fire sunsets,

air conditioning & endless iced spicy chai at Atlas coffee shop,

Boulder Farmer's Market, a lovely friend, a lovely friend's baby,

& the beautiful work of my beautiful friends, one of whom edits this journal, another of whom is published in it.

O, and this extraneous O on the sidewalk.

In addition, my 24th birthday is this coming Sunday, which means my birthday weekend begins tomorrow. Why do I get an entire weekend? Because I said so. Dinner at ChoLon on Friday, Wilco at Red Rocks on Saturday, and some surprise on Sunday for which R has informed me that I need a tuxedo, scuba gear, and a space suit, among other things, after which we will recover by eating appetizers at various Pearl St. restaurants, followed by meeting friends for drinks nearby.