First, my Saturday Centus:
FIRE ON THE MOUNTAINThe morning sun glowed orange through the thick smoke. Breathing was difficult, and our eyes burned. My BFA, Diane Loving, called and said, "Get your stuff. We have a room at the resort." I drove to our Hilton, where families, displaced from the Aspen fire, were housed.
We set up our art supplies in a room off the lobby, and children and parents came to draw feelings about losing all they owned as Mount Lemmon burned.
"We need some FUN stuff!" my Diane cried, as she pulled out her Origami supplies, and taught them all to make paper boxes to house their drawings.
Some of Diane's Origami Boxes
That is the end of my Centus, a true story, I might add. I have added three more photos, and a few facts. On June 17, 2003, the Aspen fire began on Mt. Lemmon ( 9,157 feet high), in the Santa Catalina Mountains. It raged until the monsoon rains came on July 15. It burned 84,750 acres, and destroyed 340 homes and businesses in the small town of Summerhaven (8,200 feet above sea level). It was determined that the fire was human-caused.
As the fires raged, wildlife, including bears, mountain lions, and deer, escaped into the city of Tucson, searching for food and water. When the monsoon rains finally came, the waters ran down into Tucson, and the aroyos ran black with the runoff from the charred mountain.
Taken from my back yard,
as the fire approached the valley floor
Rescuers and fighters gather while the
View from the south east side of Tucson
That's it for this week, Centusians. I hope you enjoyed my true story. Don't forget to read the other offerings at Jenny's blog, Off On My Tangent. If you are not a Centusian, please consider becoming one! We'd love to have you!!!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DI!!!