Dixie fire

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. 



I no longer like summer, like I used to. I\’m counting the weeks till Fall, which has always been my favorite season. 

14 thoughts on “Dixie fire

  1. Anonymous July 22, 2021 / 3:49 am

    It's every year now, horrible, a real shame. Our air quality in jersey is even being effected. So much beautiful country destroyed.They might want to change the name of Burney Falls.


  2. Anonymous July 22, 2021 / 6:49 am

    I can understand why you're counting the weeks. It's one fire after another.Love,Janie


  3. Anonymous July 22, 2021 / 12:38 pm

    Oh, dear. How awful with the fires and smoke. I'm sensitive to that too. I hope this will all be over for y'all soon too. Rain is needed so badly in your area! And I'm anxious for Fall too. I'm not a Summer person at all.Blessings. xx


  4. Anonymous July 22, 2021 / 8:33 pm

    And there are wildfires in Siberia, Russia! Our planet is on fire.


  5. Anonymous July 22, 2021 / 8:55 pm

    Glad you made it to Burney Falls, Debby. They are beautiful, and would like to take a trip and visit them around Autumn. I'm sorry to hear about the fires in the other direction. There are fires throughout California, and it's so scary. We need rain!Have a good rest of the week.~Sheri


  6. Anonymous July 22, 2021 / 10:43 pm

    I like the inbetween seasons when its not too hot or too cold. Bloody cold here this morning


  7. Anonymous July 23, 2021 / 10:33 pm

    You're brilliant – I hadn't even thought of that and now after you said that, it's so obvious! Duh!


  8. Anonymous July 23, 2021 / 10:33 pm

    I don't like summer anymore here.


  9. Anonymous July 23, 2021 / 10:34 pm

    Fall has always been my first love.


  10. Anonymous July 23, 2021 / 10:34 pm

    I always enjoy Burney Falls.


  11. Anonymous July 24, 2021 / 11:13 am

    Agreed that Fall is the best season, hands down, especially here in New England. Of course, it’s also the one that draws the most tourists or leaf peepers. Wish there was a way to send some of the rainfall we’ve been having in Nashua, NH, to your part of CA.


  12. Anonymous July 25, 2021 / 9:01 pm

    Oh that would be so nice if that could happen. I can only dream…


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