No-haze days

16 07 2018

Raven; McKenna Peak and Temple Butte

Raven on a hazy day not so long ago. We have gotten some drips and drizzles, and even with just a little moisture, our world feels the relief.


The view, usual

10 07 2018

Terra; McKenna Peak and Temple Butte

Terra, again, a couple of days after the below photo/post.

This photo illustrates our usual view: Sunshine in the basin and rain beyond the horizon (McKenna Peak and Temple Butte).

The clouds did eventually cover us that evening – it was the evening of the rainbow – and we got a teeny amount of raindrops. As evidenced by the swirly swish of that stunning tail, the wind preceded the rain by hours. 🙂

Ridge walker

30 06 2018


It was a pretty nice view … and then Hayden walked into it, and it became spectacular. 🙂

Hot, dry, windy conditions (you know … same ol’, same ol’ … ) have resulted in more – and more visible – activity from the 416 and Burro fires. Air quality near the fires is pretty bad, according to personal accounts and this Durango Herald article.


Many thanks to the many firefighters on the job in our area!

Belated Father’s Day wishes!

18 06 2018

Sundance; McKenna Peak and Temple Butte

Sundance. ‘Nuff said.

Those blue clouds above/beyond McKenna Peak (right) and Temple Butte (center) actually are rainy-type clouds, not smoke. They didn’t drop any more rain on us, but they kept the temps cool as the wind leached what remained of our moisture (no hiking shoes were made muddy (unfortunately) in the hiking to the location of this photo).


I did not forget Father’s Day; I just forgot to make it the subject of yesterday’s blog post!

Rain had me a little excited. 🙂

Happy Father’s Day to all the great and wonderful and loving dads out there, especially mine! My dad is pretty cool. If I’d had the ability to choose, I couldn’t have chosen a better dad than mine. He’s pretty awesome. 🙂 I love you, Dad!

Red boy and red haze

15 06 2018

Hayden; Temple Butte, McKenna Peak

If any mustang can make a smoky horizon look good, it’s handsome Hayden.

The 416 Fire is up to 32,076 acres, and the Burro Fire is now at 3,408 acres.

We’re hoping for rain … but the Durango Herald reports that the forecast could be a “mixed bag” because of wind and potential lightning. We’re already getting the blasting wind.

We really need a drenching rain. We need a LOT of drenching rain.

This probably isn’t that … yet … but we’re starting to get reports that the monsoons are coming.

Golden boys

13 06 2018

Skywalker and S'aka

Skywalker and S’aka caught in the act of peacefully grazing in gorgeous evening light.

Not so nice or peaceful:

McKenna Peak and Temple Butte ... 416 Fire (Durango) plume behind.

That’s not a lovely nice rain cloud building behind McKenna Peak and Temple Butte. That’s smoke again from the 416 Fire and/or Burro Fire. The smoke trail along our southeastern horizon is so widespread that I’m really not sure which fire it’s from. Neither fire is a good fire.

The view from here

10 06 2018

The 416 Fire (north of Durango) from Disappointment Valley.

The 416 Fire (north of Durango) from Disappointment Valley.


The 416 Fire north of Durango has surpassed 8,600 acres and is still only 10 percent contained. The Durango Herald reports that more homes have been evacuated (now more than 1,300) and additional homes are on pre-evacuation notice (more than 1,000). The Burro Fire, in Montezuma County about 13 miles west of the 416 Fire, is at about 300 acres and 0 percent contained.

If it looks like this from Disappointment Valley, can you imagine how terrifying it looked from Durango?

It’s hard to imagine the searing fear one must feel if your home is in the area of this – or any – fire.

Though it takes away none of that fear … please be safe.