Friday, August 19, 2016

Monsoons and Morley

Greetings from the forest

Having relocated from Arizona to Colorado about 4 years ago, I can say without a doubt that I do not miss the heat of Scottsdale in the summertime.  In fact, my house in southern Colorado does not even have air conditioning.  This was something I was terribly skeptical about but many said "oh you won't need it" and they were absolutely right.  The evenings cool down and opening the windows at night does the trick.  The house is nice and cool all day long.

Having been born and raised in Arizona I knew what to expect from the summer monsoons.  The sky would darken in the late afternoon, the dust storm would roll through and we would wait and wait for a sprinkle of rain.  Apparently this summer the valley of the sun is getting its fair share of rain which is great.  Arizona needs the moisture!

 In the forest we have been getting afternoon storms which offer quite the lightening and thunder show and rain almost every day.  Some days just a lovely sprinkle and some a drenching downpour.  So I'm curious, are the deer, turkey, bunnies, foxes, mountain lions and bears afraid of the big claps of thunder or do they just hang out under a tree and wait for the storm to pass.  I'm guessing, like me, they've become used to it and just look for fire and enjoy the cool moisture that envelopes the forest.

Just down the road, located in the community that I live, are the ruins of the town of Morley.  The area was first developed in 1878 by the Santa Fe Railroad Company as a railroad stop and a place to house the railroad workers.  In 1906 the town was built when the land was taken over by the Colorado Fuel and Iron Company for coal mining.  There was a school, store, church and stables.

At its peak in the 1920's the town had some 600 residents.  In 1956 the mine was closed.  CF & I demolished all the buildings as they didn't want the liability for squatters or trespassers.  They did leave the old St. Aloysius Catholic church standing.  Today the front of the Church and parts of the walls still stand and can be seen from I25.  The property was recently purchased by a private party and is no longer accessible.

And of course, what would Lanae's blog be without the boys...

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