on Wednesday I evacuated the Methow Valley along with most of its residents. since the North Cascades Highway was closed due to a fire near Newhalem the only way out was under this brown plume just south of Winthrop streaming from the Twisp River fire. it was an eerie drive. I pointed for safe and smoke-free Leavenworth. I soon found myself receiving cat therapy on a friend's farm and visiting other Methow evacuees also in the area before heading over to the Westside for a bit of rock-based healing.
just a note to thank my family and friends for concern and offers of support, to thank the emergency workers and firefighters for their tireless efforts. I'm over here praying for rain. serendipitously as I stepped into the outdoor shower the other morning I found a flicker feather amongst the ash on the threshold--always a hopeful omen.
this space will be back to its normal mountain goodness very soon. be safe out there and remember: the mountains are a tinderbox this summer.