Monday October 9, 2017 Jenner CA.
Certainly a smoky day
At 8:30 AM this morning there was a knock at my door. My brother Tom said he thought I should know there’s big fires in Santa Rosa which is just over the mountain from us.
If the fires stay over there we are ok, but if they cross the Santa Rosa valley and get into these coastal ranges, we might be in some trouble, so I thought I better get it going.
I got a cup of coffee and looked on the internet to see what I could learn. From what I could tell, the fire seemed to be staying on the other side so, so far things looked good for us.
Ray and I go for a ride to check out the fires
Once I got it going, I drove the short distance down the road to Ray’s house to see what he knew and if he wanted to go for a short ride up on a hilltop that overlooks Santa Rosa.
He didn’t know much more than I did and he didn’t have any phone or internet like I did.
So Ray and I hopped into my car and I drove up Sweet Water Springs road to the top. We were pretty sure the Santa Rosa valley would be socked in with smoke and it was.
Here’s Ray trying to get his sell phone to work on the close by cell, but it would not get a signal.
Smoky for sure down there
We are looking down into the Santa Rosa valley which is a bit smoky. The Sonoma county airport is just down behind the big tree. Apparently the airport is socked in with smoke and also has no power so it’s hard to run a control tower. There are fire fighting air tankers at the airport, but they couldn’t get off.
Gas stations are too busy for me
I took Ray back to his house and went to Guerneville to gas my car, but the darn stations were jammed with people gassing up just in case gas got hard to get, so I turned around and went on home for a nap as I hate lines of any kind and I didn’t really need any gas for my car for if for any reason I had to evacuate, I’d take my van so I had a place to live if I needed it.
OK let’s yak
Around two PM I decided to go kayaking which is what I was going to do today originally.
I went by the gas station again and it was still jammed which was ok as I should be able to get gas in Jenner. I figured I had at least enough gas to go down to Jenner and return home if need be without getting gas.
Looking for the dam guys
On the way down, I stopped at the Vacation Beach summer crossing as I thought I might find the dam guys working on some footings there, but I didn’t find anyone there. The summer dam is out but they haven’t taken the bridge or the road out yet.
Jenner gas station busy too
It was smoky at Jenner from the fires and I was surprised to find the Jenner gas station real busy too, so I went to the boat ramp and put my boat in the water. It was nice and calm and no one else on the water.
The mouth might be closed
The smoke is similar go fog, but just a little different
Mouth is closed up
A different look
Heck with the Jenner gas station too
I put he boat on the car and drove over to the Jenner gas station that now wasn’t so busy, but.
They only had super which was ok, but when I tried to use my card it said to see the attendant for help. That’s it, I don’t need gas and drove on home for the day.
I noticed on the way home the sky was a lot smokier than this morning.
That was pretty much my day.