Curious girl

19 06 2018


Raven grazed her way to the top of a ridge, only to find me on the other side, waiting to photograph her loveliness! 🙂



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!


17 06 2018



Some good news on the 416 Fire front from The Durango Herald.


We kept getting little waves of drizzly dribbles during the day.

Sweet. So welcome. So desperately, very welcome.

Red at night …

16 06 2018

Temple at sunset

We haven’t gotten many red sunsets that I’d attribute to the smoky haze in the sky. … But this might have been. Our air hasn’t been nearly as smoky as reports from friends farther east and south (into New Mexico).

We’re all looking desperately for rain. Our chances are down to 50 percent for today, but the future radar from last night’s news looks promising.

Another fire started yesterday: the Upper Mailbox Fire near Norwood and Redvale, which are northeast of Spring Creek Basin.

BLM is joining the Forest Service in closing some areas around Durango:

Contact:  Shannon Borders, 970-240-5399 or Chris Asbjorn, 970-240-5317

BLM Tres Rios Field Office implements emergency closure for fire danger for areas near Durango

MONTROSE, Colo. – On Friday, June 15, the Bureau of Land Management Tres Rios Field Office is implementing an emergency closure for fire danger in select areas within La Plata County, near Durango, Colorado. Public entry is closed to the Durango Special Recreation Management area lands including Animas City Mountain (above City property), Skyline, Grandview and Turtle Lake/East Animas Climbing Areas. In addition, the Perrins Peak Wildlife Management Area, adjoining the state wildlife area is closed. The purpose of the closure is to protect natural resources and public safety due to the dangers of wildfire.

“The BLM supports the efforts of other agencies in the area to manage wildfire risk during a record drought,” said Connie Clementson, BLM Tres Rios Field Manager. “Public lands outside of the Durango area remain open, and we want to remind everyone to be safe and not add to wildfire risk this summer.”

Currently, Stage 2 fire restrictions are in place throughout the Tres Rios Field Office, which prohibit open burning, smoking, target shooting and off route use of motor vehicles. The BLM decided to move into targeted closures in selected areas of the field office in order to address concerns from the local community and cooperating agencies and to be consistent with the City of Durango, La Plata County, San Juan National Forest and Colorado Parks and Wildlife who implemented similar closures earlier this week.

The BLM continuously monitors the conditions throughout the area and will modify the emergency closure and fire restrictions as needed. Maps and additional information about BLM emergency closures and fire restrictions are available at or call the BLM Southwest District Fire Management Information Hotline at 970-240-1070 for updates about local fires.

Exemptions to the emergency closure include authorized activities of any federal, state or local officer, or member of an organized rescue or firefighting effort in the performance of an official duty. Additionally, holders of valid BLM permits within the closure area should contact the BLM at 970-882-1120 with questions regarding impacts to their permits. Additionally, leases and authorizations are allowed to conduct approved activities, but are required to take extra precautions to prevent fire starts.

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.

Not-happy boy

14 06 2018


I almost (*almost*) wish I could tell readers that that’s dust in the background. It has been windy … forever, it seems.

But that’s smoke, and it rolled in like a crazy wall around 8 p.m. Timelapse video probably couldn’t have been more dramatic than the weirdly fast way it advanced.

In hopeful news, weather forecasters are giving us a 100 percent chance of rain on Saturday. … It must be true, right????! 🙂

I told someone that, and he replied, “You’re either a fool or a newcomer if you believe that.”

Yeah. I’ll believe it when the rain is in my gauge.

Come for the mustangs, stay for the weather report. 🙂

Meanwhile … obviously, the fire are still burning. Some good news there: About half of the evacuees from the 416 Fire have been allowed to return home.

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.