Monday, July 30, 2012

Trip to Glacier National Park - Part 1 (Camping in North Tongue campground, WY)

We got a popup camper this April. We have been camping all of summer. Last month, after Waldo Canyon fire was settled, we decided to take a road trip to Glacier National Park, MT. First night we camped at North Tongue campground WY. It was a real gem. Here are some pictures from that evening.

Entrance to the campground
Our campsite
The popup (Rockwood Freedom 2318g)
 The wild flowers and the creek
People were camping everywhere even outside the campground

Monday, July 23, 2012

Waldo Canyon fire, Colorado Springs

It has been a looong while since I updated this page. I think it’s time.
Recently a lot of families here in Colorado Springs were affected by Waldo Canyon fire. 32 thousand people were evacuated, 346 families do not have their homes to go back to and 2 lost their lives. We were among the 32000 evacuees who stayed outside for a few days.

The first responders did an awesome job saving the houses and containing the fire. However people were not happy about the reverse 911 mechanism. A lot of people didn’t get notified in time. We got 10 minutes to grab our things and leave. High winds gusting to 65 miles per hour, 100+ degrees F (40+ degree C), dry undergrowth and pines made the fire so unpredictable and fast.

Just before leaving my home, I managed to get some pictures of the frightening smoke in my neighborhood. It was scary watching the trees and houses on the other side of the street (250 ft. from my home) burning. We were skeptical if our house would survive that night.

Four days later we were allowed to return. There was smell of smoke everywhere. Our next neighborhood, Mountain Shadows, had the biggest loss. We were happy to see our neighborhood survive but we feel so sad for those who lost everything.
Smoke seen from Colorado Springs Airport on Monday.
It was getting closer. 
 Fire reached Garden of the Gods Park on Tuesday Morning.
Smoke and fire seen from my home - Tuesday afternoon.
Sun turning orange due to smoke.
Fire seen from 20+ miles away – Tuesday night.