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Sunday, July 1, 2012

Thankful ... And there's no place like Home!

We're home.  After 6 days of refugee living, Happy Trails Central is re-occupied!  We are extremely thankful and blessed that our home, and those of our neighbors, were completely unharmed.  There is so much going through our hearts and minds right now that it may be a bit before it can be composed into a meaningful post, but we have to thank all our running peeps who have emailed, called, sent texts, etc. offering help, encouragement, and at times, humor to help us through these past days.  You guys are awesome.

In the mean time, as we celebrate our safe harbor, please continue to remember the 347 families who lost their homes, all within 1 - 2 miles of our house.  And also, we would be remiss if we did not give a huge shout out to the 1500+ people who are battling this fire on our behalf.  We are unbelievably grateful.  Here are a few pics to help you visualize their efforts and thank you so much again to all the firefighters and law enforcement who have fought to keep us safe!

Heroes...
Fighting the blaze in Mountain Shadows
Sleeping on the front lines...

20 comments:

Tina @GottaRunNow said...

Such good news to hear that you and your home are okay! Thankful for the heroic firefighters, too!

GZ said...

Simply excellent news. I am sure that your level of thanks goes beyond what can be put into words in a blog post. Very glad to hear S&K.

Alene Gone Bad said...

Sooooo glad to hear your home is unscathed, and that you're able to resume your lives...always bittersweet to think of the others who were not so fortunate. Firefighters are absolutely amazing. Here in the north we are also greatly indebted to those courageous heroes...your picture of them sleeping on the end of the street, right on the asphalt, says it all. Looking forward to reconnecting once you get back to a normal routine. Thanks for updating us!

mtnrunner2 said...

Been wondering, since the reports sounded worse before it got better, and Mountain Shadows was mentioned. Fantastic news.

Footfeathers said...

So relieved and happy for you two. Let's try to meet up next week when I'm in beautiful CO!

Indi said...

So glad your home is safe!!! Amazing job by all the brave firefighters!!

runningredrocks said...

Isn't it crazy that very shortly after you wrote your post before this one.. all that happens in a matter of hours/minutes everything changed so dramatically. Surely makes us realize not to take anything for granted, and that these fires truly are that horrific! I am so glad to hear you are both safe!! I am finally heading out for a run!! Yay!!.. Rode bike South yesterday, as the air quality over here still wasn't good.. but, I am going to hit the trails today!! The Garden has finally reopened, and I am going to run over by the scar to see what I can see... so crazy that it was burning just a little over a mile from our home.. and we only had pre-evac.. everything just 2 tenths of a mile up the road from our home (The Garden) and North was evacuated... so grateful for out fire fighters.. so eternally grateful! How is your home? Smoke damage at all? Thoughts of you both.. Tammy

Johann said...

I'm so glad everything is OK and you are back home. My heart goes out to those who lost their homes. I love the photos and it gives us a good reminder to think of and thank the heroes in our lives.

mer@lifeat7000feet said...

Soooo thankful for this news!

Terzah said...

Those firefighters are truly awesome. The sleeping bag photo really brings it home to me.

I'm so so glad you guys are safe and set up back in your own home again. This makes my day.

njschout said...

So glad to hear that the good news!

Peter N. Jones said...

That is great news! I thought of you guys on the North Fork. Blessings all around!

Danni said...

What a relief.

Happy Feet 26.2 said...

such awesome news for you guys. Thankful! no place like home, for sure!

thanks so much for updating!

ajh said...

Glad you are HOME, not just checking on the food! Those are great pictures of the firemen and I agree - the one sleeping says a lot. Stay safe.

Ace said...

So thankful your house was spared and thankful for the brave men and women who fought so hard for so many lives and homes!

Jill said...

Love you guys...love that you're home...love that you're safe....love that the trails are there waiting for you to run happily on again soon.

Yes, K, go to the doc and get an xray - please (in answer to your email ?)..it's always better to know what you're dealing with! Will write back soon! But make the call, okay? Okay!! :)

Meg said...

We sure have been thinking about you and everyone out there...there is so much to be thankful for and we hope your community is on the mend. big hugs

Generation X (Slomohusky) said...

Very happy to hear/read this. I have been pretty busy out here of late - but I have been thinking of you and everyone I know in Idaho, Utah and Colorado who have been dealing with this. We have some friends in Idaho who lost a lot from fires there, and some very near misses in Utah.

Keep kickin!

Sherman Supply Co. said...

These are great photos! Did you take the one of the firefighters crossing the ridge?

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