Last day of summer

When trying to sneak up on people, it’s best not to broadcast your location on Facebook, lest they decipher your plans. Alas, our friends Dave and Max made the classic blunder last week when they checked in at South Lake Tahoe, thereby alerting us to the fact that they were most definitely going to be coming past us. (It also helps that we know our topography: with all the mountains in this part of the world, there’s only a few roads heading north and south. If you’re north of us and heading south, you will most definitely be taking 395 right past our door!)

Dave and Max are dear friends, forged over the crazy summer when we worked together as camphosts in Southern California. Conveniently, their home base is in Temecula, CA, an area we frequently pass through as we move from summer to winter. They spent the summer in the public lands of the west, working for a company that surveys BLM roads for the US government. They were giddy with the prospect of being off work until spring, and ready for some socializing. We didn’t have much time to hang out, since they were headed to an RV service appointment, but we did manage to get together a few times.

Please enjoy the official photos of the convergence, in which I very creatively arranged them exactly the same way over and over:

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Fall is quite here, with all the aspens turning into glorious golds, oranges, and reds. We have a chance of snow the next couple days, with a predicted high of just 37 tomorrow. JJ and I plan to hike up to a grand overlook of the whole valley today, to enjoy the fall colors in panorama while they last, and before strong winds blow in. Thankfully, the weather is supposed to improve before Saturday, when Amy and Steve are getting married! (Full report available next week!)


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In other weather news, a wildfire started up about 20 miles northeast of us this week. This canyon seems to be a magnet for smoke: last year, when there was a fire 30 miles southwest of us, we got tons of smoke, and this fire, in the exact opposite direction, is doing the same. California is so organized with fires that you can check current updates on CalFire, and get details like acres burned, percentage contained, and estimated extinguishment. It’s scary to check the updates and see the fires growing exponentially, but very reassuring when the size remains steady, and containment increases. This fire seems to be under control, and should be out pretty soon. Mary went down the hill the day it started, and got some pretty dramatic pictures from the side of the highway.

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