Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Heading West

My summer would not be complete without a trip to Sacramento and Lake Tahoe. I’m very fortunate to have friends who have a cabin near Lake Tahoe. I’ve gone out there for at least the last 15 summers usually right around the 4th of July. This year the days leading up to the trip were filled with reports of the forest fire in the area.

The cabin was about 15 miles away from this devastating fire. The damage in the area was extensive with hundreds of homes destroyed, but contrary to how it was reported it was not all of Lake Tahoe that was burning. It was isolated to what amounts to a small area of the Lake Tahoe area.

Every year, I make a trip from the cabin up the mountain. Here are a few pictures from my climb up the mountain. Last year, the forest service went through the forest and made piles of wood from trees that were dead or dying. These piles of wood will be burned in a control burn during the winter. As you can see, there are hundreds and hundreds of piles of wood to be burned all in an effort to help control a major forest fire. Make your day a good one.