High Country Running: Tough times call for trail teamwork


I almost don’t want to mention the words “Museum Fire” in the hope that I can pretend it never happened. However, I know the fire’s brutal reality will hit hard when we’re allowed into the area again to see what were once some of our most cherished trails.

Like many of my neighbors, I felt helpless witnessing firsthand the burning of those forests, feeling sick to the stomach but unable to take my eyes off the billowing smoke coming from our mountains while hearing the constant thrumming of aircraft overhead as they battled against the fire. All the while, we knew our amazing first responders were out there, facing off the flames hour after hour, working their hearts out to protect our beloved outdoors and our town. One of the most difficult things was feeling like there was nothing I could do to help.

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