Hooray!!! we are home. It has been a long ten days. It was smokey for almost 700 miles driving from Idaho back to Oregon. The smoke finally cleared when we ran into rain close to Multnomah Falls along the Columbia Gorge. It was sure nice to see Oregon rain and our wonderful Douglas Fir trees. Here is an iPhoto of the rain.
The one thing we didn’t expect was the many trees that the leaves have already changed. It was so dark that there wasn’t enough light, the trees thought autumn had already arrived. The dense smoke they had also cooled the temperatures lower than normal.
Here is a photo of us driving into Canby. Home at last. Blue skies welcomed us.
We kept our air conditioning on and our air filters running. They were still all running, so we never lost power. That made our house not nearly as smokey on the inside. Our garage is very smokey, but that should air out.
Our skies this morning are cloudy and air quality fairly good. The sun is shining a little bit in my office.
Chris went out and got our car washed and a few groceries this morning. Here a photo she took of the carwash sign. I adore that even though there is a lot of devastation around, Canby can keep it’s sense of humor.
I’ve not mentioned the fires. Yes, they are all still burning and many of them will burn well into October. I feel so much for the exhausted firefighters and all the volunteers who are helping those who lost their homes are are still evacuated. Hard to believe.
No doubt I will be taking photos of the fires, but that may not happen until well into October and November or even longer. Depends on when it is safe enough to open roads and clear debris. As long as the winds come from the ocean inland, our air should remain fairly smoke free. At least save enough to remain here in Canby.
More updates later. I’m tired this morning and it’s been a long couple of week. Thanks so much for hanging in with all of us.
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