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California Wildfires

As I’ve sure you have seen on the news, there are some pretty spectacular fires going on in the West.

We’re fairly close to one of them – the Ferguson Fire – which is currently about 58,000 acres located on the west side of the Sierras:

Ferguson Fire Map

Another way to gauge the scale of a wildfire is to see how many resources are involved in fighting the fire. For example, for the Ferguson fire that equates to 3,638 personnel which include 219 fire engines, 46 water tenders, 14 helicopters, 93 crews, 5 masticators and 72 bulldozers.

Though we probably won’t be affected by the fires themselves, the smoke from the fires is another story. It reminds me of our trip through Montana and Utah last year (Note to Self: Avoid the West During Fire Season).

Recent arrivals to our campground from the north, tell us of smoke as thick as fog and run sun in the middle of the day,

Luckily Bishop has been spared from thick smoke, but that could change in the next few days . . .


Wisconsin winters are looking better and better.

The Places We Eat

CARDINAL LODGE, Aspendell, Breakfast

Cardinal Lodge01

At 8,500 feet elevation, the Cardinal Lodge is much cooler than down in the valley (aka Bishop). Besides temperature, the mountains provide the perfect backdrop.

Jan had eggs over medium. I had French toast. Perfect.

Cardinal Lodge02


WHISKEY CREEK, Bishop, Dinner

We ordered off the “Healthy Bowls” menu . . .


I had the Teriyaki Chicken Bowl . . .


Jan had the Chicken Pineapple Curry . . .


We’ll be back.




Sleeping by the Pond