Fire on the mountain

The view from below the tram.

When I sallied forth for the day’s ride I saw smoke and assumed that some asshat had been careless in my vicinity.


A local TV station says that the haze bellied up to the base of the Sandias is from the Buzzard Fire, a 12,400-acre blaze in the Gila National Forest.

This doesn’t mean that asshats have not been careless in my vicinity. After observing the smoke I started noticing the cigarette butts scattered along the shoulder of Tramway Boulevard. I thought I’d count them but it proved impossible. It seemed more important in the short term to focus on the asshats trying to kill me with their cars.

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17 Responses to “Fire on the mountain”

  1. Pat O'Brien Says:

    Breathing that smoke aggravates my allergies big time.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      O, indeed. I was suffering more than usual on the climbs. Asthma, allergies, the pipes creaking, the eyes leaking.

      We’re all gonna be wearing Dune-issue stillsuits here directly, I fear. With helmets.

  2. khal spencer Says:

    Yep. Its fire season and stuff is as dry as a popcorn fart.

  3. Carl Duellman Says:

    man, i hate litter. i did a ride last weekend up in the northern part of the county and though the roads were nice and the drivers were courteous, there was so much litter that it harshed my endorphin buzz. people that make bad life choices, as in smoking, eating fast food, drinking and driving and such seem to be the ones that are the biggest offenders. i spent the better part of the ride working up a scathing letter to the editor but i can’t write my way out of a wet paper bag plus no one reads the paper anyway. that commercial from back in the day with the weeping native american guy with the bag of garbage at his feet stuck with me. i wonder if that kind of public service advertising would work in this day and age?

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      The joke used to be that the New Mexico state flower was the white plastic bag. In my misspent youth I used to throw shit out the truck window now and then, but only if the cops were closing in.

      • Pat O'Brien Says:

        One of those great plastic bags was found at the bottom of the Mariana trench, the deepest part of the ocean. David Suzuki was right. ” Too many people, with too much technology, using too much of nature, too fast.”

  4. Michael Porter Says:


    Greetings from Oregon. I trust this note finds you and the Mrs well.

    We’ve been enjoying your blog. Hope all is well.

    Michael & Michele Porter

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Hey, Michael and Michele … long time no see! What are you doing in Oregon? Last we spoke you were in Seattle, yeah?

      You must love that PNW climate. Grown webs between your toes and fingers yet? I’m striving for a chitinous exoskeleton myself.

      • Michael Porter Says:

        Yes you are correct we were in Seattle for the better part of 8 years. We headed south nearly 16 years ago when The Swoosh came calling for Michele. So we packed up the U-haul and our two little ones, Molly and Olivia and headed down I-5.

        Now here we are, Molly just finished her Freshman year at TCU in Ft Worth and Olivia is nearly finished with her Sophomore year in High School and now both Michele and I work for the Swoosh.Wow how time flies. Molly was in C Springs last fall during a break and took a photo in front of our old place on Corona

        We see the occasional post on FB from John & Cindy and Bill B. No webbed digits yet.

        Let us know how to send a holiday card, would love to see you two one of these days

        M & M

  5. Pat O'Brien Says:

    Latest on the Buzzard Fire.

  6. Herb from Michigan Says:

    No actually fire here in Michigan but it’s hotter than the Hubs of Hell. After all the whining we did about Arctic April and the early part of this month still being frosty– it’s shot up to 93! It feels like being microwaved when you heat up that fast. Maybe it will help me get ready for next weekend in NM with Tres Amigos. Course I’ve gotta go outside first. And it’s lava field hot on my damn deck.

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