Our north state\’s biggest fire right now – in an area that is well known to me and my boys. We used to take summer camping trips to Lake Almanor. I just hear they are evacuating the area now. Bucks Lake, Chester, Westwood, Quincy are all the favorite towns and summer spots I enjoyed with my boys. Sad. I had hoped to get up there again – it\’s not that far from us as it was when we lived in the bay area.
Today we drove over to Burney Falls – (Shasta County) and as we drove east, the smoke from the fire was terrible. I hear Susanville is really socked in with heavy, smoke. I even heard on the news, that the smoke from these fires drifting over to the upper midwest and east coast with bad air quality.
The air was much better around Burney so we proceeded to the Falls but while hiking I kept feeling a burn in my chest and was out of breath. I know I am out of shape but not for that to happen. I got a little lightheaded too. I\’m sensitive to smoke, even if it isn\’t at dangerous levels. I made it to the top and boy was I glad that was over. I use the treadmill at the gym and I set it for hills, so was surprised that happened. Oh well – I am 67.
I much prefer Fall camping and hiking. Too many people out. When going to the mountains, I want to get away from people. That\’s the beauty of living where we live – the gateway to recreation on all 3 sides of us and close! We were at Lake Britton, and it was packed with people – we noticed some make-shift fishing traps (which are illegal) and we reported it to the ranger station. My husband, a retired Navy/Coastie is adamant about illegal fishing and poaching. Both of us don\’t like the fish/release program. They either let you fish with a bare minimum or not at all. Throwing a fish back into the lake is harmful to the fish and many do not survive. It is just the beginning of a long and torturous death for the fish. Think about the damage you can do trying to remove a hook: Torn stomach, Throat tears or injuries Damaged gills, Internal bleeding, Disrupting their protective coating. It\’s downright CRUEL. (rant over)
While we were driving in the smoke, we passed many cattle ranges and I wondered if Cattle or milk cows that graze during these smoky conditions have a different taste? I would think it does.
ORGANIC GRASS-FED BEEF –
WITH THAT SMOKY CALIFORNIA FLAVOR.
I no longer like summer, like I used to. I\’m counting the weeks till Fall, which has always been my favorite season.