Mountain Shadows has been our neighborhood for the past three years and almost two weeks ago, a major wildfire destroyed many homes around us. We were evacuated for just under a week and we were lucky to have a home to come back to. Many other people were evacuated for much longer and hundreds lost their homes. It’s sobering to see all the homes destroyed when driving our usual route up Chuckwagon Road and on Flying W Ranch Road. A lot of the hills are charred around us as well and serves as a constant reminder of the tragedy. The Waldo Canyon trail was also a favorite to many, and I’m glad that the husband and I hiked there together.
All utilities were shut off for some time throughout Mountain Shadows. We had to throw everything out of our fridge and freezer and that alone was hard enough. Many of you know how much I try to support local farmers, make my own things, etc. So yes even though I’m extremely grateful that we got out safely, throwing out all that food was still difficult. I think the impact of this event will stick with many of us for a long time.