Monday, July 02, 2007
Mountain is fireworks-ready
If you've hike the Intemann Trail above downtown Manitou in recent days, you've seen the firehose snaking along for hundreds of feet. This is a precaution to the fireworks that will be set off from Red Mountain on Wednesday, probably a little after 9.
If you've ever picked up a firehose, you know this is no little undertaking. But, it's gotta be done to protect the hills, no matter how green they look (and, boy, do they look lush and inviting this year).
Here's the hose snaking upward from the trail, where members of the Manitou Springs Volunteer Fire Dept. will be at-the-ready. Definitely a different sight for hikers, and a reminder to treat the hills with respect.
Which brings me to this:
This backpack (extreme left), papers, Post-Its, a textbook and other stuff was burned, apparently late Saturday or early Sunday where the Red Mountain Spur branches off. Totally uncool. This sort of thing easily could get out of control. I'd already filled by garbage bag with trash (picked up along Pawnee, not the hiking trail), so couldn't get all of this.
We'll walk that way this evening and pack it out if it's still there.