The Colorado mountains have always been a place of peace and refuge for me and my family - hiking, biking, snow-shoeing, skiing, just breathing the air - it's a wonderful place to be. Just getting out of the car after a drive to the mountains and taking a deep breath of air can change a bad attitude. Worries disappear, energy appears, stress and anger drift away. (Assuming you can handle the altitude!!!) But right now, our mountains are in trouble. There are four major forest fires - one of which is already the fourth biggest in Colorado history (already 138 square miles) and only 7% contained so will grow. Another has shut down the major/east west interstate across Colorado (and the country). A third is in the mountains just above where my oldest goes to school. There's no danger to him, but the skies are smoke-filled and orange.
National news is annoying - it's 90% politics, 9% coronavirus and then 1% fires in California (not Colorado). Also did you know a town of 125,000 people in Iowa has been destroyed by a derecho? Look up Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Wow. But it was a week before I saw it on the news and only because Trump went (thus it's politics!)
OK - I'm done being depressing and this isn't why you are here. Here's one last look at my take on the peaceful mountains of Colorado. I hope to see you playing along with us this week - it's a wonderful break from the real world!
Stamps: Pinkfresh Studio My Favorite Things to Say
Dies: Concord & 9th Geometrics dies
Cardstock: Taylored Expressions Salt Water Taffy, Stampin' Up Shaded Spruce
Ink: Distress Oxides in Evergreen Bough, Pumice Stone, Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Faded Jeans
Other: Pretty Pink Posh Sea Glass