Rheumatoid Arthritis – Dare to be Strong

As many of you know, Colorado has flooded beyond recognition.  The areas impacted are the size of the entire state of Connecticut.  Try imagining that!  I have family who has a cabin we frequently visit in Glen Haven.  Pretty much the entire town was washed downstream.  To understand, check out this video of a year-round mountain couple who toughed it out:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=DjmYEyqjAy0

Anyway, it might be crazy, but after over a week of waiting, we’re packing the car and trying to get into the cabin.  Rumor has it that it’s still standing, but the footbridge is gone, the deck is damaged, and the cabin likely took in water.  My family hasn’t made the trip yet, but hope to next week.  17 miles of road is washed out, so we’re taking an alternate way, which is turning a 2 hour trip into a 3+ hour trip, plus walking.  Our best hope is that we can get a car within 2.5 miles of the cabin.  From there, it’s HOPEFULLY 1 – 1.5 miles of walking on what used to be a paved road (all crumbled and buckled, but should be walkable), then crossing a once crazy river (the folks that stayed supposedly have built a foot bridge over it), then 8/10ths of a mile of washed out dirt road/very rough terrain.  The last 8/10ths of a mile involves getting over 4-5 small bridges that are no longer there.  Typically the river that runs there is low enough to get wade across, but probably not so much now.  We many not get in, but we’re gonna try.  We’re also bringing supplies to the folks that stayed…. nails, screws, dog food, water, toilet paper, cleaning supplies, toiletries, food, etc….

Assuming the cabin is still standing, we plan to shut off the water (already having freezing temps there at night), take pictures, get some personal effects out, take photos, shore up anything we can tackle, then get back to the car and out of the danger zone (don’t want to be driving on damaged roads at night) before dark.  It’s ambitious.  It’s especially ambitious given my rheumatoid disease.  Yet I’m excited for the challenge!  Wish us luck!

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