Sunday, June 28, 2015


This is an UPDATE
But it comes with a WARNING

I don't mean to be so whiny, but it will read that way...I apologize.

It's just that I have not been feeling well.
A couple of weeks ago, I got the regular sick again.
Fine.  I'm used to that.
But it morphed immediately into overblown asthma because
we had a leak in the house and so possible mold issues and not great air quality within.

Then then that immediately morphed into the local fire by my house.

I am SUPER GRATEFUL that no lives or homes were lost (only one garage had some damage).  All people and animals got out safely.  100 horses were walked out to safety.  I've seen updates that our neighborhood wild turkeys are all well.  The firefighters were amazing and it was knocked down really fast.  People got to go home.  Emergency over.

But I am cranky because my asthma is off the charts and it is making me awful tired, 
without brilliant ways to solve it.
It's kinda funny when I hear others I know speak of this fire.  These folks live on the other side of the Valley and so all of their comments involve claims of cars cover in ash!!

This has been such a good lesson for me.
Those comments would have been mine in the past, but now having been so much closer, they feel rather silly, insensitive or uninformed.
Or something.

I warned you, I'm cranky!
The morning after the fire, I awoke in my my lovely lavender super soft sheets
feeling like I had slept in a giant bed of campfire ashes.

I hope I remember this lesson as I watch others go through natural or other crisis events.
You just don't know until you walk in another's shoes.

So, it's not working for me today and the asthma medicine won't let me sleep.
It's 4:00 am.  Ugh.

Today, for the first time I drove up my street in the daylight and realized
that the mountain in front of me is now charred and gray (like the pictures below).

I hadn't seen that yet due to my work schedule and driving patterns.
It looks so sad.

My neighbor told me that during the fire (before I got home) you could walk out front, stand in the middle of the street and see the flames.
Today's view brought that home. 
It was close.

I stopped at the trail head the following night to see how much had burned 
and snap a few photos.
It seems like our whole hike is gone.

Flames came super close to this house at the trail head

The bright spots on the photos below are the sunset on this landscape.
There were no hot spots at this time, in this spot.
The trail head
 When I (with some hesitation) walked through the entrance to get a better look. I was surprised by the mocking birds' loud animated chatter.
It seemed like there was many of them in the oaks, agitated by their new world.
They were so loud!

Looking through the surviving oaks

Looking melted, but still standing

Looking for the trail

We're so sad to have this trail take this huge hit from the fire.
After all, we had just discovered it, only hiked it once and it's right around the corner (so easy to get to!!)
Maybe when the air quality and my breathing calms down we'll investigate a bit more.
I'm still wondering about the displaced wild life.


Have a good week all and thanks for bearing with me on this post!

Photos by Nancy A. Erisman ©2015