Breckenridge is very busy this week for the 4th of July celebration. Flowers are planted in front of homes and businesses. Hanging baskets sway from light posts. Wildflowers are blooming in yards and along trails. When I went to the market early this morning, it looked like locusts had descended on the shelves. Our town depends on tourists for its economy, so I'm glad people are visiting. However, I won't be strolling down Main Street through the throngs of people any time soon!
|Along the Riverwalk, Breckenridge, CO|
|The historic Dredge (now a restaurant) on the Blue River|
At my house up the mountain from town, it's quiet. My big news is that the foxes who live nearby had triplet kits. Their den is visible from our yard, but I didn't know there were babies until the parents brought them out to play a week ago.
|One of the harried adults tries to have a moment of solitude.|
We call this kit "Marshmallow" - see the white tip on its tail?
The kits are about about the size of a large cat. I can tell that the parents and relatives are keeping close tabs on them, though a spunky one we call "Sooty" ventures into our yard to play in the stream.
|"Sooty" is startled and wide-eyed when he sees the white-haired creature on the upper deck|
I even spied him (why do I think it's a boy?) early one morning cavorting through my garden sprinklers!
The small fox who often visits us when we're relaxing outside at twilight is busy hunting to feed the three little ones. I'm not sure if she's one of the parents or an "auntie." She passes by several times a day with field mice or voles swinging from her mouth. Once she pranced by with a gray jay clamped in her jaws. As soon as the meal is delivered to the kits, the fox trots back into the forest to hunt for more food for the hungry threesome.
On the afternoon of the 4th, we may hike down the Burro Trail into town, trying to stay on the fringes of the crowd to hear the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band play. There is a fire ban in Summit County, so no fireworks this year. We are still very dry in CO, and wildfires continue to burn. For now, Summit County is spared. Each day we hope for rain!
Happy Birthday United States of America!