Friday, June 27, 2014

The Pueblo Montano Trailhead

At 8:00 pm on June 25, 2003,
the forest along the Rio Grande 
was ablaze in a human created fire.

The fire threatened the Montano bridge
as well as the homes along the forest on both sides of the river.
Crews of fire fighters worked through the night,
protecting property as the fire jumped from the east bank
to the west side of the Rio Grande.

Many cottonwood trees were damaged in the fire,
but no homes or lives were lost.
When the dawn brought the early morning light,
helicopter crews were able to bring in larger water drops
to finally help extinguish the fire.

Later, an artist, Mark Chavez,
worked his magic with the damaged trees at the trailhead
leading into the trails that wind through the forest (bosque)
along the river.

In honor and memory of the fire fighters...

Howling Coyotes

My favorite tree sculpture shows La Llorona.
The face in the tree may be the Boogie Man.

According to the legend, La Llorona lost her child to the river.
She weeps at night, searching for her child.
She just may pick up your children if they are naughty!

The eagle rising above the flames...

The roadrunner is the state bird.


Thank you to our firefighters
who sacrifice with courage
to serve others.

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