This is just a few miles west of Denver. What had been open forest is now dotted with homes. These are some of the smaller ones. It is the mountains in the background that attracts people. Snow capped peaks can barely be seen through the storm clounds setting on the continential divide. These tranqil mountains are covered with homes and samll communties and the stores to go with them. Some day there will be fires in the foothills to make the California fires look like bonfires. Elevation is about 7000′ and drops down to Denver at just over 5000 feet in a few short miles. As these people travel to and from work, play and shopping dirt and tire rubber are churned up and float in the air. There have been times in the past when there is so much junk in the air one could not see these moiuntains.
Originally this had been cattle country and summer pastures. Large barns provide protection for the cattle in the winter. Taday these ranches are now subdivided and are growing houses on them. Not many cattle roam the hills any more.
The Interstate was built a few decades back and during ski season it is bumper to bumper with skiers headed for the slopes. The highway department hasd made it so easy to get into the mountains and the people take advantage of it. when i was sking it was a two lane blacktop over a 11,000 mountain pass. it was a trip that took some time and patience. Today fly over the mountains. More and more people now live in the mountains because of technology and the ease of getting around. The long harsh winter is not dreaded like it used to be.
Colorado was going to host the winter Olympics a few decades back but the governor at the time put a stop to it. He said there woulf be more people, pollution, roads built and land destroyed. Well the olympics were dumped by Colorado and ended up some other place. with all of the dire predictions of the governor about pollution and land being destroyed……well it came true and there were no olympics to blame. Now what?. There are things that will happen because people want them and fight and argue about things accomplishes not too much. Since Denver rejected the Olympics there has been a black eye with the IOC for hosting any of the games here.
So when I look at the US President going over and lobbying for the Olympics in Chicago i have a big question mark….what is the motoviation, how much vested interest does he have. For the governor that kicked the olympics out of Colorado was a democrat. So where did the change of heart come from? What makes Chicago a place that would be safe from pollution and land destruction among other things?
Oh well Denver is a city to visit then leave and for me that is how i view most big cities any more. Then i have memories of Denver when it was a bustling cow town and I could hitch the buckboard out front of the saloon.