I arrived back in Ashland late evening on the 22nd. I also arrived to intense smoke, which was the result of multiple forest fires in Oregon. Not appealing. I wished I could get back onto the plane, and return to Maui.
The smoke here is so bad, that many people are wearing masks-the kind that construction workers wear when they’re breaking apart sheetrock. The kind that many Chinese people wear, in China, to protect themselves catching, and spreading the flu.
I cannot even see the mountains from my living room windows. The smoke is so thick, that it blocks them out.
It’s been like this the past 3 summers, here. I dread the summertime, for this reason. Temps also rise to the upper nineties, low one hundreds.
Before I moved here, people would ask, “How will you tolerate the Winters?”
The Winters here are a piece of cake to deal with, in comparison to the summers.
It rarely snows, and I can layer my clothes, and wear a puffer jacket when it does.
With the smoke, I’m forced to stay indoors, in the a/c.
Apparently, it’s been smoky like this over the past week or more. Sometimes it will continue for an entire month at a time.
A state of emergency has been declared in Oregon. Over 100 fires are burning in the state.
I’ve thought about moving to other places, but the only other place I could see living, is in Hawaii. That would mean leaving all of my friends and my parents behind. I’m not sure how keen I am on this.
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