Traveling to far away places and writing about them can be exhilarating. But so can wandering to places near your own backyard. It really makes you appreciate what you have…especially when its’ very existence is threatened.
Colorado Wildfire Update: Spring Creek Fire has grown to over 100,000 acres
Third largest fire in Colorado history
Reading headlines these days can be heartbreaking, especially when it’s so close to home. Spring Creek is located in the southwest mountains particularly in the Spanish Peaks area, home to some of the state’s most beautiful scenery and epic hiking/climbing.
Just three weeks ago, we were enjoying a camping trip with friends to Spanish Peaks. Our campsite was at the top of Cordova Pass, nestled at the foot of the 13,600′ West Spanish Peak mountain. We arrived on a Wednesday evening, set up camp and then headed out on a short hike to view the “beast” we hoped to summit the next day.
On Thursday morning, we were grateful for a chill in the air as we started out on the trail. The short hike to tree-line was enough to warm up the bones but it didn’t prepare us for the long haul up the face of the mountain which involved scrambling up a steep stony slope covered with loose shale and scree for another three hours.
We summited mid-afternoon and were rewarded with 360 views from what seemed like the top of the world. If you’ve ever hiked a 14’er, then you know what I’m talking about. Rocky Mountain High never felt so good!
We are thankful for the opportunity to enjoy this beautiful part of our country just two weeks before the devastating fire that has gobbled up land and homes around little towns like Cuchara and LaVeta. Our prayers are with those residents who are left homeless and traumatized by the carelessness of one camper.
And we hope that soon the skies will be red with nothing except the awe-inspiring southwestern sunset.