I came across this excellent blog post of someone hiking Humphreys when the fire started through Jeff's blog today. Check out the photos in the blog!!! Wow!
More amazing photos of the fire.
Below are a couple photos of one of the most beautiful high elevation trails in Arizona and one of my favorite places to run, the Waterline Road. I'm posting these photos in memory of this trail because the Shultz Fire has completely destroyed (burned to a crisp) all 9 miles of it from Shultz Pass to the Inner Basin, along with most of that side of the Peaks. Seeing these photos again and realizing that I will never see the amazingly beautiful, inspiring and peaceful HUGE Aspen groves, fir forests and big views that it has to offer makes me want to cry. I feel great loss right now. Some of those groves and sections of trail feel like family to me. Now they are all gone because someone couldn't put out a camp fire. It just doesn't seem fair to the forests and animals of the Peaks or the Flagstaff residents who go there to recreate, recharge and find peace to be that lazy and stupid. Horrible...how someone can be that careless.
In memory of the Waterline Road...
(My parents riding bikes at the tunnel, 3 miles out the Waterline Road)
(One of my favorite sections although it is typical of most of the Waterline Road. Simply beautiful.)
I'll miss you Waterline.
R.I.P. June 2010