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A glimpse of what nature brought to northern Colorado this week – and this is after decades of fire-igniting droughts. Members of my family have visited the Colorado Rockies pretty much every summer since my grandparents honeymooned there in 1911; three generations following those grandparents have spent growing-up summers at Cheley Camps in Estes Park, and a fourth generation is on its way. The entrance gate has seen change over time, but not as much as this week’s deluge. All the roads into town are blocked by debris and crushed highways, devastated by flooding; there is no access to the outside world except Trail Ridge Road heading west over the continental divide, a road that is always closed due to snow beginning in late fall. Looks like it’s time to call out for the frontier grit that built our country – still need that (Cheley) spirit.

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