What a vacation!
We planned to spend a few pleasant days with friends in Twisp Washington, enjoy a couple of hikes in the North Cascades, and attend several events with my classmates at the Omak High School Reunion.
Little did we know the largest wildfire in Washington State history was going to spoil our plans. But, being seasoned travelers, we rolled with the punches.
Thirty minutes after arriving at our friends’ home in Twisp, the scanner announced a group of firefighters were in desperate trouble due to a new wildfire in the Twisp River Valley. (Very sad to say three of them died in the event.) It became clear quickly that the Twisp/Methow area was going to be evacuated.
Changing plans we went to Omak for the next three days.
Heavy smoke from the nearby wildfires put a crimp on any outdoor activity. On the plus side my old friend Dan was also attending the Reunion activities. He is a wildfire behavioral expert and took us on several drives into the active wildfire areas. It’s amazing what you can see and learn about wildfires.