I\’ve been in bed all morning – grieving. My old stomping grounds, where memories have been made are mostly gone. Big Basin is gone. The oldest state park in California, Big Basin Redwoods, has been ravaged by the CZU Lightning Complex Fire that swept through San Mateo and Santa Cruz counties this week. The fire was reported to have destroyed multiple structures in the park, including the historic headquarters, the nature center, campgrounds and to have damaged many of the ancient redwoods, some nearly 2000 years old.

Established in 1902, Big Basin is California\’s oldest state park. It forms part of the Northern California coastal forests ecoregion and contains the largest continuous stand of ancient coast redwoods south of San Francisco.

All our friends in the bay area and spread out across California. My cousin lives in Salinas. My brother-in-law lives in Watsonville. Good friends live in Prunedale. We talked to them last night, while they were packing up their vans and a motorhome to evacuate. They\’ve never had to ever consider fires like we do every summer. I feel awful for them. 
The air is hazardous – so we stay inside. It looks overcast but it\’s only smoke. The glimpses of the sun we see is orange. The closest fire to us (Elkhorn Fire) doesn\’t look threatening to us – It\’s west of Red Bluff – 30+ miles. It\’s eerily quiet out. No one is outside. 
Yeah, I am grieving – and I\’m heartbroken. 

12 thoughts on “Grieving

  1. Anonymous August 21, 2020 / 10:25 pm

    Horrific. I can’t imagine the devastation. We’ve only seen redwoods at Armstrong Reserve and it was awe inspiring. Such a loss.


  2. Anonymous August 22, 2020 / 12:09 am

    Oh no, I'm so sorry to hear about all these fires. I heard there was a fire inRed Bluff area too, and that's where my cousin lives. I'll have to check upon her. I'm sorry your heart is aching, Debbie. This seems to be happening a lot in California, and it's so scary.~Sheri


  3. Anonymous August 22, 2020 / 1:36 am

    I have been watching the news every day and seeing the devastation of your state. I am sorry that you have lost your old stomping grounds.God bless.


  4. Anonymous August 22, 2020 / 3:53 am

    Such a shame. Sorry for your loss Betty


  5. Anonymous August 22, 2020 / 1:54 pm

    I can understand why and I am so sorry,


  6. Anonymous August 22, 2020 / 7:12 pm

    I finally found your comment and posted it to my Emigrant post. So glad to know the old folk tales are still being told. Terrible to hear about the redwoods in the path of the fires.


  7. Anonymous August 22, 2020 / 11:46 pm

    Sounds terrible so I get why you are grieving.


  8. Anonymous August 24, 2020 / 12:01 am

    Redwood trees are resilient. Hopefully in the next few days we will get more news on how bad the damage is.


  9. Anonymous August 24, 2020 / 12:02 am

    Sheri, fires is everywhere in California once again. These times, I have to really talk myself into why, we are still here.


  10. Anonymous August 24, 2020 / 12:04 am

    Thank you – That's why we must always take a photo – as we get older we may forget that which we hold so dear to us. Change is inevitable and I don't do well with change.


  11. Anonymous August 24, 2020 / 12:06 am

    Sorry to all the people who may never be able to see those giant Redwoods stand in awe and glory over God's creation.


  12. Anonymous August 24, 2020 / 12:06 am

    I wish I wasn't so sentimental


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