🎉 A-MAZING turnout! SHINE (Serving Him In Neighborhoods Everywhere) has partnered with the Larimer County food bank to meet the needs of people right here on the southeast side of town. We meet every third Saturday @ DFC to serve as a church family - sign up on your own or bring the family to be the hands of feet of Jesus! This morning has been such a blessing! #dfchurch#shineministry#outreach#faithinaction#larimercounty#fortcollins
🇺🇸ATTENTION LARIMER COUNTY: our fall election for school board is coming and my dedicated friends and myself have been working hard to make sure Kristen Draper wins the election. She wants to make the Pouder School Board more transparent as well as creating a better infrastructure. Ballots are coming in the mail and I hope we can count of your support for Kristen Draper!
*photo by: @jenniferlynnewilliams
I thought some of you might enjoy this view from our roof. The solar collectors are rented from Solar City. During the summer months, these collectors produce more energy than is needed by the house, and that energy is then sold to the county power utility. Some day, when battery storage units drop in price, we'll be able to have a self-sufficient system.
The street running to the left and right of the stop sign is Overland Trail, site of the old Overland Trail Stage Coach route. It was a part of the Oregon Trail system. The fields in the distance are part privately owned by a rancher (who grows grass hay), and part owned by Colorado State University, as a part of their Foothills Campus. The 2012 High Park Fire burned the hills in the distance and destroyed many of the homes located there.
Larimer County, CO
"I'm getting grumpy about the slippery arguments being put forth by high-paid intellectuals trying to knock nature and knock the people who value nature and still come out smelling smart and progressive. The idea of nature as a 'social construction' - a shared cultural projection seen and shaped in the light of social values and priorities - . . . comes just in time to support the corporate clear-cutters and land-developers." Gary Snyder
I am grateful that the large swath of ranch land and trees just across the street from my front door has not been sold for development. I've lived here for 33 years, and I still can enjoy this vista whenever I step outside.
Photo: Larimer County, CO, October 11, 2017
"You must love the crust of the earth on which you dwell more than the sweet crust of any bread or cake. You must be able to extract nutriment out of a sand-heap. You must have so good an appetite as this, else you will live in vain." Henry David Thoreau
My home lies at the very edge of the Great Plains, about a half-mile east of the first set of foothills of the Rocky Mountains.
I've lived here for 33 years, on the western border of a subdivision built in the late '70s. Fifty feet from my doorstep is a road named Overland Trail, which is simply a paved portion of the original Overland Stage Route, a part of the Oregon Trail system that came up from the south and joined with the main trail in Wyoming, just north of here. It was used extensively in the 1860s by settlers heading west until the first Transcontinental Railroad was built in the area. The nearest town - Laporte - is 1.5 miles away, and it is quite small.
Fortunately, development has eluded this area of the county. Just across the street from Overland Trail is a large ranch, which the owners have steadfastly resisted selling to developers. We have no streetlights, so I see the Milky Way every night if the sky is clear and the moon is not full. When I come home from work each night (I have a small janitorial business), I can often hear the coyotes calling on the ranch land as I eat my supper and post my nighttime pictures.
Yes, this is my home territory, and I am grateful for it! 😊
Photos: The top picture here is from just across the street, and the other two were taken several miles from here. Those yellow trees are Fremont Cottonwoods, our dominant native tree.