In the last 7 days:
Big change in the weather--maybe we had frost last night, and maybe we didn't, and either way it doesn't feel like summer anymore. Even with full sun, by early afternoon it was only barely in the lower 50s, and a nice reprieve from what had been up until now a mostly very warm September.
Checked the smoke plum this morning, and it was over the western part of the valley and stretching to the NE, north of town. I decided to run in the morning thinking that if the plume moved more eastward later, I would be done and it wouldn't interfere.
Ran the Blue and Red Middle courses at Granite Planite back to back. The one glitch was that between finishing the Blue and coming into the last few controls for Red, it became increasingly obvious that shooters were in the area of those last few controls, and I really didn't want to become one of their controls to be punched. I was careful as I was getting closer to the shooters, and once I spotted them and figured out where they were shooting, I ditched the last three controls. I'd never seen anyone shooting before where they were, but it really didn't matter in the end.
By afternoon the fire had blown up again, and smoke was thick and everywhere in town, with a constant rain of fine ash. I was out biking at the end of the day, and far enough south to be in clear air, and the view looking over the valley and the source of the smoke could have been a scene straight out of The Lord of the Rings.
For most of the afternoon and well into the night, a thick plume of smoke from the Ryan Fire was overhead and lined up to block the sun from Laramie and parts eastward, leading to an early nightfall. The nearly full moon was spectacularly orange because of the smoke. I biked and did some very low intensity running; the smoke wasn't bad at ground level, but ash was falling steadily throughout the afternoon.
Ran out to the Russell Hill area and then in and around the quasi forests there with Tyler. I found a small moose shed (very small, I doubt moose antlers get any smaller than this one), and on my way home passed a bull moose in the dark. It was in a ambush position by the forest service road I was on, and why it didn't open fire I will never know. Probably I wasn't trophy worthy, and who can disagree with that assessment?
At any rate, that was that, and now I am looking forward to a clash between titans tomorrow: (the new titan) Kansas versus (the been a titan for a while) Baylor. I predict the following: if Kansas wins, the Baylor cheerleaders will quit en masse, most of the Baylor football team will start dialing the agents they're not supposed to have, the entire coaching staff will start polishing their resume's, the school will change its colors and name, and all Baylor students and faculty and alumni will have their Texas citizenship revoked. In other words, the pressure is on Baylor. Go Kansas.
O' at Remarkable Flats, sunny, windy, cooler than it has been up until now this month, and quite beautiful. It's always beautiful at Remarkable Flats, and even more so if you haven't been there for a while. Ran an 11.5 km course with some can picking up at beginning and end serving as some kind of a warmup/cooldown. Saw a small cow (yearling?) moose at close hand--I think we were equally surprised--and a smallish bull moose later on that also was on the small end of the moose scale. For good measure, I also found a mule deer antler in great shape.
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