We just arrived in Los Angeles, we had to come back to take care of some stuff, and as we were approaching the Grapevine (a mountain pass outside of the Los Angeles basin) we noticed a lone weird cloud over the mountain.
When we crested the pass we discovered it was this. This fire has been going on for a few days now and as of this moment has burned more than 80 square miles just to the north of the LA basin. As it happens our house is in the northern part of the LA basin so we are right in the path of the smoke. It started pretty much due north of us, and, sadly, is threatening the historic Mt. Wilson Observatory along with all the radio and television transmission towers for the LA basin. We can do without TV, but unfortunately the police and fire department radio signals are also relayed through those towers so if they go out, that will be bad news. You can actually monitor it live on the towercam from Mt. Wilson. The fact that it's still transmitting images is good news.
This is the view from our front steps.
And here is the view from the highway a few blocks from our house. This was a cloudless day, so all that haze you are seeing is smoke.
To top it off it's about 100 degrees at our house, and we don't have air conditioning so we're slowly being barbecued (smoked and cooked)! The smoke is pretty tough to take - hurts the lungs, makes me queasy, but our house is NOT in any sort of danger, we are plenty far from the actual flames and well within the urban area. We're taking it one day at a time but we think we might fulfill our obligations and then head right back to Oregon, especially since the firefighters are predicting the fire won't be contained until about September 15th. So, are we crazy to drive 1000 miles, then turn around and drive 1000 miles right back 2 days later? Somehow it feels like flying to Paris just for dinner...
I have something fun to show you, but I used up the last of my camera battery trying to capture these... this is the hummingbird show that plays every morning and evening chez Lady R.
Stay tuned, something pretty is coming soon!
(Aug 29) winner for either the Snow Queen or Traveler pattern is Lauren!
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