I had my camera because I emptied the card finally and was trolling the old farmlands in Crane Hollow. I spotted the wandering ditch from some angles I had not noticed before. I am always drawn to the old wandering ditch as it crawled through the western farms out in Crane Hollow. When I was a child I can remember the virtual forest of cottonwoods that covered the Crane Hollow area of the St.Vrain River Valley west of Frogmont. It was certainly a pastoral setting as I remember it. That was before the mining operations disappeared after ripping gravel from the valley, leaving mosquito ponds. The old ditch still wanders watering the grassland pastures. September seemed to present us with 10-15 degrees over normal and was another Colorado special. I can't understand why they don't move the invitational bike race to Colorado's finest month and not compete with the Vuelta de Espania. I think that would be a winner and never present riders with overwhelming heat.
The old cottonwood snag fell over and lies where it landed. Old timers would have stashed the wood away for jack rabbit fires in winter. Cottonwood fires kept old timers jumping because of the poor combustion staying power of the wood.