Coffee. Dark and bitter.
The man made oasis in the high mountain desert was a retreat from the nearby elements.
The problem is, we don’t retreat much. We hopped in the car seeking new challenges and sights. We travelled to mountain country.
We stopped about 4 miles away from Idaho Springs and made camp at 9600 feet above sea level.
We opted for a reserved location to ensure amenities were available. I prefer more seclusion, but this was an advantageous base camp.
We had one challenge here.
We brought the wrong fuel.
Propane does not work well at 10,000 feet and we were very close to the limits of our camp stove. Coffee would now be an unattainable treasured commodity. Imagine my sorrow.
I was not about to camp at 9600 feet and not go 400 feet higher for an even 10,000. I brought an 11 year veteran of outdoor activities and we climbed. If you look at the picture below, you can see where the mountains turn grey.
This is tree line. There is not enough oxygen for trees to grow at this elevation. Tree line at this latitude is around 12,000 feet.
Upon descent, I continued exploration. Strolling through a meadow, I saw a she vixen reading. In my oxygen deprived delirium, she spoke enchanting words that I do not remember. She led me deep into the forest.
The details are sketchy, but strange runes appeared on a tree and wildflowers affixed themselves to my Gatorade bottle.
It is known around the world that our little tribe likes campfires. After all, it is the title of my blog. It is so well known that artwork has been drawn by fans from the far reaches of the world.
Initially, we did not want a campfire due to breathing concerns in our group. Practical avoidance of smoke was important to avoid nebulizer treatments, inhalers and hospital stays.
From nowhere, a man in a blue shirt introduced himself simply as Brother. He outlined the rules and legality of a campfire under a fire ban. This law abiding, no shades of grey curmudgeon agreed with us for totally unrelated reasons. He left briefly, and we sighed in relief; he was quite overbearing and was obsessed with rules.
Brother returned with excitement in his voice.
“I checked with the authorities. It is perfectly legal to have a fire. We must light one with haste.”
I informed Brother that some in our group had breathing concerns and that the firewood for sale was expensive.
Flatly, he stated, “The wind is favorable and the pine for sale is wet and uncured. There is dry aspen in the woods and all will be well. ”
With speed and efficiency, Brother went to the woods we built a sizable, nearly smokeless fire. I wondered at the man who came to the camp. Who was he?
He said nothing and stared intently at the fire. My efforts to speak with him were in vain.
The Brother guy eventually left. He said something about a longing for the north. I tried to be polite, but I did not understand.
It must have been the day for visitors. A man with a strange looking instrument approached the fire and encouraged people to sing. Shyness disappeared on his arrival, and even the introverted sang along.
The singing stranger asked for donations. I informed the stranger that while I appreciated him stopping by, he only encouraged others to sing, but he did not perform.
He replied, “To save face, cannot, amazing grace diminish not.”
I am not sure what he meant, but he went on his way. Silly poet. He reminded me of a bard from folklore.
Night fell and we went to bed. At around 2 AM I heard wailing. It was as if a woman was screaming bloody murder. Following up the screams were the loneliness sounds I have ever heard.
I remembered that big cats make similar vocalizations.
It was likely a mountain lion. You can listen to an example of what I heard here. Mountain Lion Sounds
The sounds were also remarkably similar to those attributed to a beast called sasquatch. There have been plenty of sightings in the surrounding mountains for several decades.
I am pretty sure it wasn’t the famed elusive creature….. Or was it?
I will never know.
43 thoughts on “Brothers Campfire Adventure 6/30/2020”
It was certainly a sasquatch!
Ha ha! Undoubtedly!
How are you doing sir?
I am well, Ishaan! I will be headed off to work in an hour.
Great to know! What time does the US wake up
It depends on a person’s schedule. I get up around 0600 every day.
Ohkay! Thanks for sharing!
How are you?
🔥🤠indeed! We had a good time!
Any adventure for you?
What kind of adventure do you have planned?
Thanks, ChallEngEr! Family time os important!
I like my coffee sweet and with lots of milk, still I understand your sorrow- 😅
The whole adventure itself sounded great, though! VVN
Our adventure was a blast! It provided the climate for a tale tale!
Any campfire popcorn?? My family often popped corn.
Not this time. We packed light as the car was small. That sounds like a great tradition!
Lol, I enjoyed this ☕😸🐵🌿🌸🌄
Thank you Cooking Flip! That means a lot to me!🤠🔥🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲
Very cool. Now you will have to go back and find your tree each year.There are plenty of stories about Sasquatch in the Rockies.
No coffee? Yikes!
Oooh, Sasquatch! I wonder if it was Sasquatch?
Could have been. Are there bigfoot legends in Australia?
Yeah! There have been quite a few reported sightings of them over in Australia. In fact, there’s a whole website devoted purely to bigfoot sightings in Australia. You can look at it here:
Yowie Man. I have heard that before!
Nah, I’ve only ever heard of Bigfoot referred to as Yowie, Sasquatch and Bigfoot. Never heard it called Yowie Man before.
I have read extensively on North American sightings. At this point, I swe them as folklore.
Well, there are reported sightings of them in Australia and several other places around the world, so I don’t think that they are folklore. But that’s just me.
I could have my mind changed.
It’s worth looking more into, at least *shrugs*
Iam not beneath knocking on trees for a calland response. I haven’t got a response yet.
Nice! Thanks and much appreciated for sharing
I’m glad that the brother character was so sensible about the fire.
Looking back, me as well.
Mysterious and interesting post 🙂, cool tree with the eye!
Thank you! I took that picture myself!
Your adventures are totally totally amazing
Thank you friend. You are amazing as well. I appreciate you taking the time to visit and encourage me. Have a beautiful day!