I was out taking the picture on the last page when my friend Wendy called. Her voicemail expressed great concern about the fire she was seeing from Pike’s Peak. I returned her call and got her voice mail. She was out of range while driving down from the peak, and had to wait a half hour for her brakes to cool – even though they had been told to get down from there as fast as they could. This was a very hot day.
If we had seen what she saw, we would have been more alarmed. And we would have guessed that we might not get home for days, if at all. “Can we stay with you if we’re evacuated? I asked. The answer came after evacuation became mandatory, but before we left. Yes. Of course. They had out-of town guests, but we were welcome. That;s the kind of gracious pulling-together so many of us experienced.