Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Fire on the Mountain! And Where Have I Been?!

What have I been doing all this time?!!?  It's been almost 6 months since I last blogged.  Why haven't I felt like blogging?!?

I don't know.  That's the answer.  To why.

But, I'm back in a blogging mood and will be sharing bits and pieces of our last 6 months of life interspersed with our lives now.

We went on a vacation to Southern Utah last summer.  We got to see some of the various summer wildfires up close and personal:

You really just can't imagine how fantastically large this smoke bloom is.  We could see it for miles before we could even see the mountain!

The air was just thick with the smell of smoke.  It stung our eyes and noses even inside the car.

Some mountains truly looked like they were volcanoes erupting!

Some fires were already out.  But the damage and devastation was haunting.

 And it wasn't just one mountain.  It wasn't just one fire.  The Utah Fire Information website says there have been 1453 fires so far in 2012.  849 were caused by lightning.  The rest were started by humans.  WHAT!?!?

It's true.  Even right behind our house on our very own mountain, 2 little boys playing with fireworks started a fire.  Luckily, it was caught in time and put out.  But not without the aid of 2 helicopters and numerous buckets of water dumped up the side of the rocky mountain.  And the streak of brown burned trees up the side of the mountain remains.  

By the end of the summer, we didn't even flinch at the mention of another wild fire burning acres of ground and threatening homes.  It just seemed like the norm. 

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