Monday, September 6, 2010

i'm in colorado and my heart is smiling

a few things have changed since my last post. at that time, i planned to drive west and just see what i stumbled upon. earlier in the summer i had applied for a job at a YMCA in colorado. i had not heard back from the Y and had assumed that they weren't going to hire me. i got an email in early august that informed me that i'd been hired. so, i'm in colorado teaching sixth graders about the mountains, the environment and the animals therein. i really like it so far! i love the mountains and the adventure that lies in wait.

speaking of adventure: today i watched a small forest fire turn into a frantic 3000 acre blaze. the blaze started shortly after 10am. i took these attached pictures around 11am, at which point the fire had covered around 200 acres. by 6pm it was reported to have covered 3000 acres. it was very windy on the mountains today, with gusts up to 45mph. thankfully for me the wind was not pushing the fire toward the YMCA, but there are several homes that have been destroyed. i haven't heard of any deaths.