When our kids were teens, and had gone "out", Juanita and I would wait up for them. It was for their own good. When I am awakened after several hours of sleep, I'm pretty much up for the day, and that leaves me extra cranky and hard to deal with by the following evening. Rather like a four year old that has missed his nap.
About 2:30 this morning, I heard hoofbeats on the pavement heading down the road.
"$#!T. Okay, you call Compass and tell her her horses are out again, and I'll get some halters."
By 3:00 a.m., the 30 or so wayward neighbors were back in their pen, and I was staring at the ceiling.
By 4:00 a.m., I gave up.
So let's talk about the weather, as long as I'm up.
This has been a very dry year here in Colorado. The snowpack was about a third of normal, and we may have had 2 inches of moisture all year up to July. Fires were making headlines nationwide, as most of them were within spitting distance of large cities here along the "front range" of the Rocky Mountains.
Nothing like a backdrop of smoke and flames behind your skyline to really ramp up the popular media.
Then came July. Fireworks Bans. No outside fires. No outdoor BBQs. One thousand dollar fines for smoking outdoors. Dry, dry, dry.
The first couple days of July we got two, 1/4 inch rains. Halleluiah and hot dog! Maybe the end is in sight!
On the 5th of July, here in Allenspark we got 1 and 1/2 inches of rain.
On the 6th of July, here in Allenspark we got 2 and 3/4 inches of rain.
On the 7th of July, here in Allenspark we got 1 inch of rain.
On the 8th of July, here in Allenspark we got 1 inch of rain.
Our normal for all of July is about 2 and 1/4 inches of rain.
Our parking lot has washed away to bedrock in spots.
The horses are spending more time in their shed than at their feeder.
The trails in the national forest need some serious "shovel time" to mitigate the washouts.
The rivers are running black with mud and soot from the previously burned areas.
The fires are out, which is WONDERFUL, but really, a full summer's worth of rain in four days?
At least it wasn't raining this morning while we were chasing horses.