A friend sent me a link to a video that oddly captured so many aspects of the flood this week. The video, "Boulder Flood Lyfe," shows Connor Wall, Will Adams and Knutzen Hoff's evacuation route out of Fourmile Canyon. You see their devastated home, neighbors checking in on neighbors, rescue workers, repair crews and police. The road is destroyed and the river is raging.
Two of the young men are riding bicycles and one is riding a unicycle. You can feel their sense of awe at what nature has brought, but you also see their spirit of adventure. The ride is audacious and defiant. The way the camera lingers on the ravaged landscape gives an inkling of the riders' innocence. The video is set to "Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head." It made me laugh and cry all at once.
As we begin to dig out it's helpful to reflect on why we choose to live here. The magnificent natural environment is one reason. Its power and beauty are compelling. The sense of community also draws us to this place. We are proud to be Boulderites.
Three young men on bicycles and a unicycle have taught us something. "Raindrops are falling on my head. They keep falling. But there's one thing I know, the blues they send to meet me won't defeat me. It won't be long till happiness steps up to greet me."