“Road Through Despair”
Today Evelyn and I drove down CO 67 from Decker, CO to Woodland Park, CO.
I had not been down this road since before the Hayman fire.
This is just a small portion of the total 138,144 acres burned.
Over 130 homes destroyed. Over 5000 people evacuated.
Oh yeah, and it happened 10 years ago.
We spent the months of June and July of 2002 watching the glow and smoke of the fire from our balcony.
I can’t begin to describe all the emotions and feelings I had driving through the “forest” today.
The first was total disbelief.
I mean the damage is unreal. There is very little new growth which means very little wildlife.
Speaking of wildlife, I can’t imagine how many animals, birds, etc.. were lost in the fire.
Next was extreme sadness followed by anger.
This wasn’t some accident, a spark from a train wheel, or a lightening strike.
This was arson.
By a U.S. Forest Service Employee….who wanted to be the hero for reporting the fire and saving the forest.
10 years later it still makes me mad.
While writing this I was listening to "Resistance" from "Catch and Release [Soundtrack]" by "Alaska!"