January 29, 2015, Boulder- I came to Boulder, this evening, after a long day of driving through an unusually dry series of Colorado roads. There was a modest amount of snow, well off the roads, in the mountain passes, and a hardy quartet of young men buzzed around the base of Wolf Creek Summit, on their Skidoos. Down in Del Norte, however, it was mild and the grounds of Piece of Art complex, at the west end of town, were muddy. I had a hearty bowl of split pea soup there, one of my favourite cafes along Hwy. 160. I found the complex is up for sale, for $699,000. I certainly hope it falls into caring hands. Piece of Art is one of a kind, especially in that area of Colorado.
It was a smooth ride further, up I-25, past Denver, and up to Hwy. 36, which was narrow, due to construction, and very dark, due to the Dark Sky Ordinance that seems to have been adopted by Boulder- both City and County. I made it to a comfortable motel, though, and got a fine night’s sleep, after the six hour drive from Cortez.
I would like to see more snow hereabouts, though. If it slows my return to Arizona, that’s okay. My main concern is seeing our rivers enjoy the fruits of a good snowpack, and the mountains are the key to that. Wherever the good snow falls, the chances of fire in the coming Spring and Summer become less. That would do my heart good.