On September 8, 2012 we had an incredible electrical storm, and the following two days there were high winds, which took whatever fires had been started on the 8th and kicked them up in to a handful of brush/forest fires. There was a bit of rain with the storm, but the next day was warm and dry and with the wind, many fires were started around the cities of Wenatchee and Cashmere, Washington. There is also a fire on a ridge above us, the First Creek Fire, which at the moment isn’t a concern for us right now (except for our friends that live in that valley), but it has made for smokey conditions.
Another smokey day, some days better, some days worse
There’s a lot of people working to contain the fires and keep peoples houses from burning.
Thank you to all the firefighters!
Firefighting helicopter making its rounds from the lake to the fire
Our friends Liz and Eric at River Farm in Ellensburg lost their home in August to the Taylor Bridge fire. They’re hard working and resilient folks and will do alright despite their losses but still a tough go. Here’s a link for more info: help
So a little smoke really isn’t too bad..
We’ve been having some bear activity here lately. When it gets as dry as it is in the wild lands our peaches, apples, pears and etc. must smell pretty good to a bear. So far we haven’t lost too much, some apples, Asian pears and grapes. Our current dog isn’t as interested in chasing the bears as Blaze was, not sure why… One of our tricks to dissuade the bear from sticking around is a motion sensor with a light and tape deck (in the plastic bag) to, hopefully, startle and move them along.
It’s effective in the area where it’s set up, limited to how much extension cord we have.
The bears only eat what’s ripe, we often find fruit still hanging on the tree with a bite taken out, usually not ripe enough.
I came across this recent bear feast :
Remnants of Yellow-jacket nest (in ground) dug up and the larvae eaten by bear, that’s some hardcore dining! Those are some fierce insects. It’s no wonder they want fruit.
-Many more Tomatoes (Brandywine, Aunt Rubys German Green, San Marzano, Stupice, Cherokee Purple, Sungold, Matt’s Wild Currant)
-Akane, Swiss Arlet, McIntosh, Tydeman Apples
-Hosui and Shinseiki Asian Pears
-Red Kalle (Clapp) Pears
See you Saturday.