The old Platters song “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes” includes the lyrics: When a lovely flame dies, smoke gets in your eyes. We have certainly shed tears since our lovely flame, Elko, left us. We thank those of you who reached out with love, support and good memories of our boy. It has helped a lot.
When we took a trip to Boise the normal route down Highway 55 was closed or delayed due to one fire so we went the long way around on Highway 95.
Although we had delays we eventually did make it back to Donnelly using Highway 55 – one lane with a pilot car escort.
The Mesa fire began July 26 and, as of August 5, involves over 34,000 acres and is 42 percent contained. We’ve heard it is about 4 miles away.
We first noticed the scooper planes about a week ago coming through to scoop water for fire suppression. They came in pairs on a 15-20 minute cycle. Over the course of time, the fire grew closer, and now the planes come every 5-6 minutes for hours at a time. See the video below.
It is very interesting to watch and would be fun if it wasn’t so sad. We know the pilots and firefighters are working hard to protect what they can.
Unfortunately wildlife is also effected. Twice this week we have found a weakened, disoriented bat during the daylight hours of early evening. This one was in our campsite and rested for a time on our paddle board.
Between us and the Mesa fire is Tamarack resort. The resort has been through a variety of bankruptcies, tax delinquencies and foreclosures since 2008. There are still lovely homes, winter skiing and a variety of activities available at Tamarack. One entity that did not survive the financial problems was Osprey Meadows Golf Course.
Randy remembers playing the course years ago and it is sad to see it now.
The former cart paths give us a terrific place to walk through rolling meadows and hills. There are some interesting sites such as this former sand trap.
Thanks so much to my friend Jacque who braved the smoke to come up for the day. Loved spending the time with you!