|Photo - taken Tuesday, Trails reopened Sunday|
|Falcon Stadium w/ Blodgett Peak overlooking.|
Aside from wanting to get a good and testing run in, I was also curious to see what impact the fire has had on the Academy, as well as on Blodgett Peak at the North end of Peregrine - close to and quite visible from the South end of the trail.
I am happy to say that the impact - although noticeable - especially to Peregrine and Blodgett Peak - is minimal to the Academy. As you will see in the following photos - the fire is still burning in places, but the helicopters are doing a fantastic job and the Academy has several new fire lines cut in near the trail.
|Small, new firebreak cuts through the trail in several places.|
|A newly installed and very wide fire break|
I stopped and chatted w/ a Mtn Biker when I took this last photo. We watched the helicopters and chatted for a while - both agreeing that 1) The Academy is safe. 2) They took this very seriously - responding appropriately. 3) The helicopters are fascinating to watch up close attacking the spot fires on Blodgett Peak.
I'm sure in the days, weeks and months to come - trails and more areas will open back up. If you are reading this and are not local - please come visit Colorado Springs, spend lots of money and enjoy what we have to offer. I don't work for the city or any tourist companies in any way at all - but I call this place my home and I can 100% vouch that we need tourists, we need business, we have plenty to share that you will enjoy.