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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Trying to find normalcy

I'm at my friends' house again, putting up a quick post. Apparently, our internet tower is in the midst of the fire so I may not have internet for weeks.

We're trying to pretend that life is normal in some ways. K and I took a mountain bike ride this morning. K seemed much happier today, perhaps because we're starting to calm down a little.
After the ride with K, I went on a solo ride and checked my wildlife cameras, finding a bunch of action. A bobcat checked the area in front of one camera, sniffing carefully.
Then, he marked the area, kicking back with his hind legs and leaving a "scrape" in the dirt.
At another site, a pair of velvet-antlered mule deer posed for the camera.
It's funny that despite the pervasive smoke, the animals don't seem panicked. Maybe they don't know what it means.

Later in the ride, I caught some views of the fire as the wind started gusting in our direction. Apparently, one of our access roads was closed for a while due to the change in wind. Fortunately, it settled down soon thereafter, and we now have the peace of mind of more than one open road for fleeing.
The fire started marching west, and a slurry bomber dropped a line of red retardant. You can see it almost exactly in the middle of the photo below.
One view showed the gorgeous autumn leaves with the scary fire behind it.
Our fingers are still crossed that the fire doesn't jump the canyon. It is still 0% contained but hasn't grown much in last 24 hours. However, close to 100 buildings are known to be lost.

I'm sorry that I can't read your blog posts right now. My internet time is very limited... Thanks to everyone who is thinking of us.


  1. Thanks for letting us know how you are doing -

    Ruby's Raiser said a friend of theirs lost their home in this -

    We'll keep the good thoughts heading in your direction -

  2. I'm so glad all of you are still all right. I worry every time I see more news about this fire. Glad the dogs are a bit more settled. Paws and fingers still crossed for your safety and the safety of those around you.

  3. As I told you, every time I hear the news, you and the pups flash through my brain. Thanks again for the update. Stay safe.

  4. Fingers crossed that the fire stays put. We have brush fires out here today, too. Definitely not on the scale of yours, but it seems that the dryness is everywhere at this time of year..

  5. Thanks for keeping us updated and letting us know you are still safe. It is so sad that this has happened, and so many people have lost their homes. We are keeping them all in our thoughts.


  6. I'm just glad to know that you're okay! Nobody's blog is going anywhere, and we all understand! I was wondering if all your cameras were okay. I'm glad to know some things are still normal. :)

  7. Great captures of the Bobcat. I hope the ran might help them get a handle on the fire. Be safe!

  8. Love those wildlife cameras. You might see more since the fires may be pushing them your way
    Benny & Lily

  9. Thanks for the update. We have been keeping an eye on the news and keeping all of you in our prayers.

  10. paws crossed for everyone and every furfriend's safety there!

  11. Glad you're ok. Thanks for keeping us posted.

    Your pictures have been amazing me all summer. Keep 'em coming.

  12. Frightening that it can go on this long.

  13. So glad you and the labraduo are still okay. Prayers, more prayers and still more prayers coming your way...

  14. Hey KB...
    I'm popping over to see how its going. You folk must be so worried. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    Sending lotsaluv

  15. Hope everything's okay today. I'm glad you and K got out for a ride yesterday. Keeping some sort of routine helps me keep my head on when things are crazy.

    Paws still crossed.


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