Home Again, Home Again, Jiggity Jig…

I arrived in Carbondale safe and sound around 10:00 last night. It’s amazing how long travel to and from our little college town in southern Illinois takes! While I’m not ready yet with the last of the Colorado stories, I did want to say thank you (once again) to the Coloradans who helped make the trip work, including and especially Celeste Montoya and her family; the students at CU-Boulder that I met with on Tuesday who pointed me in the direction of researching renters’ rights (that post is well on its way, and should be up in a few days); as well as various colleagues in Women and Gender Studies at CU-Boulder who let me hang out in their library, popped by with warm greetings, and made me feel comfortable while visiting. Thanks to all of you.

This was a big week for DPP because, while I knew I wanted to do “field blogging” when we launched in September, I was nervous about it and not sure how it would work. However, clearly this is something we’ll do some more because not only did I learn a lot, our readership and followers increased. Thanks to all the new readers for stopping in, and welcome to the new followers of the blog! I hope you stay with us as I and my two colleagues (Randy Burnside and Logan Strother) write about disasters, property and politics. Recovery is hard, not least of all because it takes so long — maybe we can help by providing some stories about the recovery efforts of others that will inspire and keep everyone going. We will also continue to update readers on legal and policy changes.

Yesterday before I headed out to Denver International Airport, Celeste and I were able to do a quick tour of Firestone, Plattesville and Johnstown. We took almost 200 photos. We did the same thing we’d done in the Estes-Lyons trip — Celeste drove, and I clicked away. We were able to stop some, but there were places where stopping wasn’t an option, so Celeste managed traffic while I stuck my camera out the  window. I think I should, therefore, thank the truck drivers in the rural areas who did not honk at us and the other motorists who managed to be a little patient, too.  (Ahem.) I need to go through the photos more carefully and see if I can edit out some of the blurring (“drive by photography”, as I’m calling it, does require a little extra editing), but I was able to do an initial run through on the way home last night. I’ll post these soon along with a better description of the route of our tour. In the meantime, here’s a shot of the mountains as they are seen from the plains. For the folks who have not been to this part of Colorado, I hope it gives you a sense of how wide open parts of the state are as well as how beautiful the entire area is. And, see the snow? To quote a favorite novel, “Winter is coming.”

Shot of the Mountains from the Plains