Monday, October 16, 2017

Not On The Road


Northern Pintail
I am writing this on Sunday afternoon. We were supposed to be on the road today, heading south to see my mom. We decided to cancel the trip and not drive through the fires that are/were raging.  We'll rethink our plans and probably go later in October. It's a long, long drive. One that starts out in the beautiful, cool, quiet not-very-populated redwood country and winds up 700 miles south in the arid hot overly populated land of 10 million people and even more cars of southern California.
Sunday's sunrise in the clear October morning sky
We did have one day of smoke here from one of the fires (Redwood Valley Complex), enough to darken the sky and turn that crazy sun red again. But mostly we have been spared the bad air days and nightmare that unfolded just a hundred miles south of us. Roger's sister and husband were evacuated for one day and night from a fire burning in the Sierra foothills. We have good friends who live in Sonoma County in the wine country. They posted regularly on Facebook how they were ready to evacuate whenever the call came. Their car was packed with photos, historical documents, clothes, and enough dog food for their three furry companions. Other dear friends waited in their homes, the air barely breathable, the fear palpable. They posted photos of found/lost dogs and even sadder photos of people looking for missing loved ones.  Fire season. There really is such a thing here in California. For some reason I thought it was over. We had already had our bad air days and dark smoky skies in September. October has been beautiful, cool, a bit windy. Ah that wind, it spread the fires everywhere; one spark led to another. Tragedy followed.
Homemade sun
We still make every attempt to balance the insanity of the world with as much beauty as we can find. Roger made this beautiful sun for our fence art project. He used wood scraps from the old deck. I'm trying to figure out how to make a heart and maybe some stars. It's how we try to stay sane.

16 comments:

  1. The devastation from the fires sticks in my mind. I woke up this morning and was actually thinking about what I would try to save if I ever had to evacuate quickly. Like your friends, it would be mostly photos and other personal memorabilia.

    I really do like that sun. Great idea.

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    1. Sharon-- We always have to think ahead for earthquakes here, but now we're starting to think about other disasters that might give a little more time to plan our escape. Oy.

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  2. The fires had been very upsetting to me as I can so easily imagine those people felt when suddenly there it was. I read some of the stories of those lost to the fire and would have been smarter not to. I can't explain why I did other than maybe to share, in a little way, with what happened to them and that they weren't forgotten. The sad part is there was probably no way to notify them in time given how fast it came up.

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    1. Rain-- It was a terrible inferno that really didn't give people much time to escape. It looks like the elderly had a harder time. It's just tragic in every way.

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  3. There is such a gentle, loving spirit that pervades this space. It is so poignant to think of your friends with their car packed with memories, waiting for the call. I hope everyone you love is safe, and everyone else, too, and that the fires can be subdued soon. I love love love that fence art, that beautiful reclaimed sun and its sister the moon.

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    1. 37paddington-- The best part of blogging is the heartfelt community spirit. We find each other and we stay friends for years. All of our friends and loved ones are okay. So glad you like the fence art. We are going to have fun with this project.

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  4. Probably wise to stay home for now, though I'm sure it's hard to have to delay your visit to see your mom. These fires have really been something else. I read the other day that they destroyed Charles Schulz's former house in Santa Rosa. (Among many, many others!) So shocking.

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    1. Steve-- It really is a bit of a heartbreak to not be on the road. It looks like we won't be able to head down until some time after 10/23. We may wait until 10/28 because bay area traffic on weekdays is THAT BAD!! Really sad about Charles Schulz's house. This has been a true tragedy.

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  5. I know how hard it must be to put off visiting with your Mom but it seems the trip now could be dangerous and traffic miserable.
    I am so happy you are Ok but sorry you had friends and family affected. Please stay safe.

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    1. Patti-- It really made us sad to postpone the trip, but we knew it was the right decision. We tend to want to travel into the bay area on weekends, when there isn't so much crazy traffic. New trip plan in the works!

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  6. Yes, please don't head into harm's way! Your Mom surely wouldn't want you to.
    Love the sun Roger made. Beautiful!
    Stay safe and peaceful.

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    1. Cathy-- We feel we made the right choice, both for ourselves and for the efforts of firefighters who really don't need us on the road right now. So glad you love the sun. It was a spontaneous idea that Roger had, and he did it!

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  7. Robin, I saw a graphic, as in illustrated, depiction of someone's experience in the fires. It is at brianfies.blogspot.com
    It is heart rending. He is a wonderful artist.
    Love Roger and your fence art.

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    1. isabelita-- Love seeing that graphic. So well done. Thank you for the link. So glad you like our new fence art project.

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  8. Hearts are easy to make as my wife got me to make some for our garden. I had wondered how you were coping with the fires and am glad to see you are fine though it makes me sad to see the result of the fires. Love the sun, must try and make one

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    1. Bill-- I would love to know how you made hearts for your garden. Maybe you could send me some photos. So glad you love the sun. I'll tell Roger. Thank you so much for thinking of us during the fires here. Definitely a scary time here in California.

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