Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Hiding from the Smoke

We're doing the best to enjoy our kids' visit home under less than perfect circumstances. In case you haven't watched any news in the last week and missed the story, most of northern California is burning, and I think we're getting the bulk of the smoke right here in the valley. Mostly we're all getting headaches from it. Joe tried to do some jogging outside but the combination of altitude (he usually runs at sea level and we're over 4500 ft.) and smoke convinced him that the indoor gym was a better option. If the smoke isn't enough, we seem to be passing around a touch of flu or food poisoning or whatever. So we're moving slow and trying not to spend too much time outside.

We made plans to go swimming today but by afternoon we swapped the idea for dining at a local air conditioned, smoke free restaurant.

To pass the time waiting for our food to arrive, Joe showed off his special nose talent.

It turns out that Elena is also skilled at spoon balancing.

Joli.... well, she put her own personal spin on the trick.

More thunderstorms are expected in the next few days - that's what started most of the fires already burning - but with any luck at all we'll manage to get some rain as well as lightning out of this coming round. They're also expecting the wind to change direction, so we can hope for some clear skies and a second chance to spend a little time at the river.


Blogger Miss*Laurence said...

Oh dear! I spend too long blogging, and only end up watching the news twice a week or so, and last time I remember some houses crumbling into rivers for floodings...
I hope you got some rain, but wet ashes and timner just makes the smoke even denser. Just looking for the news ( and an ad for firefighters popped up, gosh. But it also looks like California was prepared to some extent, which is better than nothing. Do you think this drains the water supplies? Maybe you should be careful to boil your water just in case...

3:12 PM  
Blogger Miss*Laurence said...

sorry, I meant wet "timber".

3:13 PM  
Blogger JulieZS said...

Oh bleah! I'm sorry that this fire is going on during the big visit. Hope you are all feeling better soon and that the smoke heads the other way. Hopefully the thunderstorms will be all rain and no lightning this time!

11:01 AM  

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