Monday, August 13, 2018

Foggy Smoky Summer Doldrums

I was going to continue my Memories posts, but with a dear friend visiting from out of state and the bleakness of the weather, I couldn't get myself motivated. I will try to continue some time this week. I've got more stories to tell.

But for now, I have taken exactly eight photos so far this month of August. EIGHT! That might be a record of photographic inactivity for me since we started blogging. It's been that foggy here. There have even been several days of minus tides, and we have not  even ventured out to take a look. You know how much we love minus tides. We feel pulled by that moon as much as the sea. We did not go.

A screenshot of the plane arriving and turning around.
The fires are raging inland. We are literally surrounded by fires. The inland heat pulls in the fog. Our dear friend was supposed to land at 8:00 last Tuesday night. That flight got cancelled, and the passengers from that flight got put on one that was scheduled to leave at 10:45 (arrival 11:30 pm). Then that one got delayed so that the takeoff was after midnight with an arrival time of 1:05 am. So, we followed the flight online and saw that it was making its way here. We arrived at the airport at 12:45 am. It's a very small airport. We were waiting for the plane; we heard it overhead; we ran outside to watch it land. Only, there was no plane in sight. We waited and waited. Then we learned that the pilot found it too foggy to land and turned around and flew back to San Francisco. Our friend spent the night in the airport there and arrived the next morning.

I told Roger when we left the house to go to the airport that night that the fog was too low for a plane to land. How could the people at the airport not know this? I saw it. I said, maybe I should have pilots call me for landing instructions. We had a good laugh!

PS-- The sun came out on Sunday, and it was 75 degrees. It felt so good! How's your summer going?

30 comments:

  1. Good to know that your dear friend has arrived safely and that the fog has lifted! Wintertime is when we have fog so dense here that planes cannot land at our tiny airport. We even have what is called "ice fog." Yikes!

    It's been a good summer here until the last few days, in terms of clear skies and dry weather. My porch garden has been glorious. However, there is definitely smoke in the air now. We usually have more rain during the summer. Trees and other plants will continue to be stressed, with no rain in sight for the next few weeks.

    September and October are my favorite months. I'm looking forward to cooler weather, even fog!

    Remember how fragile people looked on September 11, 2001? In the last few days, I've become aware of how vulnerable people are looking again. So much is at stake. Reality is sinking in. On the other hand, I have the sense of community that I first had a taste of in the 1960s and early 1970s. That didn't last. The sense of community I have now feels much stronger and so much more diverse.

    Although it is overcast and there seems to be smoke in the air, I know that this is the week that Orion will appear before dawn in the sky to the east. I'm looking forward to that.

    Thank you for asking!

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    1. am-- Well, the fog lifted for a day! It's back and thick as ever. I remember the fog of winter when we lived in Port Townsend. So glad your summer has been good weather-wise. I love fall and spring. Those are my favorites. I truly understand your perspective about how people seem fragile these days. The reality of our times is pretty bleak. I hope for a 1960s-70s resurgence of awakening, but I ain't holding my breath. Take care, am.

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  2. You can't be too careful with flying. But it's tough to be patient I see a book coming with your family history.

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    1. Red-- It's true about flying. Interestingly, our guest is the daughter of a former pilot for Pan Am Airlines and the sister of a stewardess. She's flown so many many times. She managed it all quite well. Ah, a book of family history. That is quite an interesting idea!

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  3. I've too have been seized by a frenzied bout of inactivity! No real excuses either. Roll on September.

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    1. John-- "Seized by a frenzied bout of inactivity..." you make it sound so active! Love it. Yes, roll on September!

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  4. Travel in Cal must be a challenge what with the smoke and fog. Hope you have a lovely visit and you get your enthusiasm back. Sometimes a change of face is just what we need.

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    1. Patti-- It's true about travel in California these days. A friend posted on Facebook this morning that she and her family had a 4 hour delay getting out of San Francisco last night. I'm hoping for inspiration.

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  5. More fires... it breaks my heart. And here I am, in NJ, practically drowning in rain. I wish I could send it your way. We had such torrential downpours the other day that cars in a dealership started floating away. And when it's not raining, the humidity is intense. Feels like a rain forest. On the up side, I spent last week at the Jersey shore, where there seemed to be a break between storms. I thought of you when I looked up at the different cloud formations.

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    1. Sharon-- I wish we had rain here, but it really never rains in the summer. I remember those humid summer days in New Jersey. The only respite is the beach. I can't tell you how much it moved me to know you thought of me when you saw different cloud formations. Thank you so much for that.

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  6. Oh, your poor friend! I've never been on a flight only to have it turn around and go back whence it came. Well, not after traveling as far as its destination, anyway.

    The fires are so scary! (I feel like I say that every year now.) A friend who lives south of San Francisco took a photo of a mountain lion cub curled up in his neighborhood, and I thought, that poor creature has probably been driven into suburbia by wildfires! (There are no fires in his immediate vicinity, but who knows how far those big cats travel?!)

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    1. Steve-- It was definitely a bummer for everyone on board that flight. Lots of grumbling all around. Interesting about the mountain lion... so much wildlife is being displaced by these fires, its pretty tragic.

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  7. What an ordeal it must have been for your friend.
    And those fires, so awful.

    We finally had some rain but the river is still very low, the parks and green areas are brittle and brown and fire warnings are still in place. The forecast for Thursday is for high temps (in your 90s) and storm force winds.

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    1. Sabine-- I think the fires are getting contained for now. It's still really early in the season though. Typical fire season (crazy that there is even such a thing) is September. I sure hope you get some rain there. This global heatwave is pretty scary stuff. Sigh.

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  8. Kali and I have relocated to Colorado and she has encouraged me to start keeping a journal, so I'm starting to post. Our mountains in north-central Colorado are very hazy--mostly from "YOUR" smoke--but a bit from further west in Colorado, too.

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    1. Scott-- It's so good to hear from you. I've been wondering how you were doing. We have friends and family who have relocated to Colorado as well. It has been a smoky summer. I'm looking forward to reading your posts. Welcome back!

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  9. As you may know, we have many fires up here in Washington, as well as smoke coming down from BC. Air quality is bad. Our son over in the Winthrop area may have to evacuate again, as they did a few years ago.
    Really sick of all this, but there is nothing we can do about it.
    And the Orcas are in terrible trouble. WTBF.
    (What the bloody fuck)
    Very difficult to drum up any cheeriness, I fear.

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    1. isabelita-- It is so disheartening to see how far and wide the fires are burning this summer. And then to read that this crazy administration has taken to calling environmentalists terrorists. It's all so outrageous and dreary. I'm going to have to google around to find out what's up with the Orcas. Oh yes, WTBF?

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  10. My wife has lost interest in here photos at the moment but she will come back to it, (loosing her father did not help)the heat here has been relentless but at least it now seems to have gone and we have had some rain. It seem to sap our lives away and even I could not be bothered with any thing. Glad you not near the fires, I saw them on TV and thought about the pair of you and hoped you were Ok

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    1. Bill-- I'm so sorry to read that your wife lost her father. Please send our condolences to her. We are glad not to be by the fires, and thank you so much for thinking of us. Just knowing that made our day!

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  11. I hope you are enjoying your time with your friend. As to the fires, they are horrible. This has been a rough 12 months for California firefighters.

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    1. Colette-- We are having a grand time with Jill! And it really has been a rough year for California firefighters.

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  12. Summer doldrums are the worst! Glad things are improving and your friend finally arrived.

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    1. NCmountainwoman-- We're back to bleak bleak bleak weather and the doldrums continue. Sigh.

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  13. A few days ago our Atlanta TV weathermen started talking about thin, high smoke covering the sky here, coming from the western fires. It's barely noticeable.

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    1. Mark-- I've read other comments about how the smoke has moved east. It really surprises me it would go that far. Yikes.

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  14. Fires in the distance seems like a metaphor for our nation right now. I’m glad your friend arrived safely. I too think your family memories are the start of a book. Your mom is whispering to you.

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    1. 37paddington-- Yes, I hadn't thought of that, but fire is a very good metaphor for our times. I like the idea of my mom whispering to me. I hope I can quiet my brain enough to listen.

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  15. I am so over this summer! It has been hot for the longest time, and there is always smoke in the sky. Heck, we're not even into our traditional fire season yet. Sorry about the problems your friend had coming to see you.

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    1. Pat-- I haven't seen the sky in weeks. Well, maybe one afternoon the other day and then another last week. Yikes. I'm a sky fanatic. This has been a bleak bleak time. Our friend flew to LA this morning, right on time!

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