Thursday, July 24, 2014

Fire in the sky

Some weeks are all about the weather!!

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Our original vacations plans were cancelled when we made the decision to grab the opportunity to work at Monck Park..

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We had planned on spending ten glorious days on the banks of the Methow River, in Washington State..something we had been looking forward to for a few months..

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Fast forward to this past week, which would have been when we would have sitting on the banks of the river..

The Methow Valley is engulfed in  a forest fire..The Carleton Complex fire…just a small excerpt from an  article on the internet..

‘it's the Pacific Northwest that's the disaster zone of the moment in the nation's worsening wildfire patterns. Both Washington and Oregon have declared state-level fire emergencies.

In Washington,  the center of concern is the Carlton Complex fire to the northeast and across the Cascades from Seattle. Having burned for about a week as of Wednesday, and only 16 percent contained at that point, it was the largest fire in state history at 243,000 acres, or 380 square miles,

The fire had also torched 200 homes, forced evacuation of more than 1,200 people in a sparsely settled area, and killed at least one — a 67-year-old ex-Marine and retired state trooper who died of a heart attack after fighting for two days to save his home.

For all of that, the Carlton Complex blaze is looking increasingly less like an anomaly and more like a commonplace in this year's fires across Washington and Oregon, along with portions of northern California and western Canada.’

so needless to say our plans would have changed drastically in the event that this other opportunity hadn’t come up..

This past week has been a busy one..Carlie was here for a few days..the weather was warm and sunny..

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..and when she left on Friday morning..Doug arrived  in the late afternoon to begin his ‘vacation’ time..

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..the weather started to change and we had a few very windy days..howling wind!

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..the wind did finally stop but now we have had ‘rain’ for the past couple of days..

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We drove into Kamloops yesterday to do a few errands..

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and around 2 pm we headed back towards Merritt, just as a huge storm was heading our way..a storm that would cause flash flooding in Kamloops..we got out just in time!!

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visibility was terrible on the Coquihalla Highway and we pulled over to the side of the road for a few minutes..to try and wait out the deluge of rain..

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the skies did clear at least a bit..

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but by the time we got back to the park..another storm was here..

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Last night we had some company..

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Jean and Skip Gaunt..fellow bloggers from Nanoose Bay on Vancouver Island.

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We had a lovely evening chatting as bloggers do when they meet for the first time..

They are headed home this morning..safe travels to you both!..hope to see you down the road one day soon!

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So there you have our recap of this past week..one can only hope that the sun will shine this weekend!!

 

12 comments:

  1. Glad you were no where near that fire. Goes to show plans change for a reason. ;c)

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  2. Sometimes things just work out for the best. You escaped both the fire and the Kamloops flooding. I'm glad you are safe!

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  3. Too bad about the fires. Looks like you're making the best of it though.

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  4. Hey you got to meet Jean & Skip. Two of our favorite fellow RV Bloggers. Bonus:))

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  5. Gorgeous photos.

    Wow...so very glad you were not in the fire area. We keep seeing updates onthe news. I feel so badly for those who have lost everything. Please be safe.

    You have had your share of weather extremes. Hope it gets nice there and stays that way!

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  6. Strange weather! We also had plans to motorcycle to Winthrop in the Washington State, Methow Valley. Those plans....and most of our planned ride was affected due to smoke and poor weather.

    Nice photos....!

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  7. It seems things work out for the best when plans have to change. You missed the fires and are having a great time where you are. Let;s hope for sunny days next week.

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  8. Mother nature has a way of getting her way, no matter what are plans:(

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  9. Sometimes changes we make work to our advantage. It's so sad about the fires, though.

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  10. Gorgeous photos, glad you were no where near the fire.

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  11. Amazing how things worked out! Great hummingbird pics and very dramatic skies. I hope the sun comes back out to remind you it's summer. Have you gotten much knitting done? :)

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  12. I happened upon your blog and recognized Doug in a photo. It's a small world out there.
    billandjanrvingtheusa.blogspot.com

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