I heard someone talk about how Manitou is hurting. My knee-jerk reaction was to think – Manitou didn’t burn. But I caught myself and listened to this lady speak of how devastating this has been to the Manitou economy. They’re doing a “Cash Mob” today to give it a little shot in the arm. I hope it’s a huge success and that many of the locals discover the treasures in that town they didn’t know about pre-Waldo Canyon Fire. I didn’t make it that far – I bought a gift certificate for friends at one favorite hang-out here in Cascade – The Wines of Colorado. You usually can’t find a parking space here.
This is everyone’s fire. We all have our own experience of it. And as a community, it all matters. Woodland Park is suffering economically, too. I heard about one landlord who cut the rent in half for July to help her merchants out. And even Old Colorado City – that never closed – has suffered economically. They all need support.