Sunday, October 21, 2007

Smoky Sunday

One of the least pleasant aspects of living in Southern California is that it seems almost inevitably part of October is windy and smoky. The hot, dry Santa Ana winds easily spread wildfires, and they are burning all over Southern California at the moment. The forecast is for a couple days of high heat and high winds, so things may get worse before they get better.

The closest fire, in Irvine, has filled the local air with smoke and ash. We're nowhere near any danger zones, just close enough to experience the unpleasant side effects.

My good wishes are with all the families more significantly affected by the fires.

Monday Update: Don't think I ever recall Santa Anas as fierce as they were overnight. Wasn't easy sleeping through the noise!

An update has been posted above.


Blogger jau said...

That sounds so unpleasant. On the other hand, your environment is wonderful most of the time, so we're envious of you, overall!

BTW, what do you recommend for someone to do in Anaheim who will be there for a weekend seminar - ideally within walking distance the Marriott (I can give you the address)? Mainly for the late afternoon and/or evening of Friday Nov. 9th. No, it's not me or I'd be jumping up and down because I could meet you. It's a friend.

12:04 AM  
Blogger Missy said...

I'm glad to hear you are not in the danger zone! The wind and smell sounds unpleasant, but I'm glad it's nothing worse.

Keep safe!


8:22 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

Hi Anne! I see via Google there is an Anaheim Marriott near the Anaheim Convention Center and assume that's where she's staying -- the only places really in walking distance would be Disneyland & CA Adventure, a couple blocks away. (So. CA is generally not a very good place for walking sightseeing, or public transporation either...) The Marriott possibly has shuttles to Disneyland (if she doesn't feel like walking) or other local entertainment such as Knott's Berry Farm -- many area hotels do.

If she has never been to Disneyland I would highly recommend that she do it, although it's kind of a bummer to spend the money on a full-price ticket but not get in till the late afternoon. Still, the park is open until midnight on November 9th so it may well be worth it if she's not too jet-lagged. There is a parade at 6:30 and fireworks at 9:25 (aka The Most Amazing Fireworks Ever).

Here's a link for the Disneyland calendar.

Hope this helps! Wish you were making the trip. :)

Best wishes,

9:01 AM  
Blogger jau said...

Hi Laura,

Yes, that's the place. And boy-o-boy do I wish it were me, too. We'd have such a good time. Well, one of these day....!

I'll tell my friend what you suggested. If it were me, that'd be perfect. The parade and fireworks might entice her although she's one of those New Yawkahs who think Disneyland is silly. I hope she visits it so she gets converted!

Thanks again!!

Best wishes - and I hope the winds and fires have calmed down by now.


11:58 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

Thanks Missy!!


10:31 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

Thanks Anne! It's still pretty windy but the forecast is that things may calm down by Tuesday evening.

I hope you can convince your friend to visit Disneyland. Even if she doesn't want to try many/any rides, there are so many pleasant ways she could pass the time there, such as strolling the little shops in New Orleans Square or having an ice cream and people watching on Main Street. As you have seen via some of my photos, there is also beautiful landscaping to enjoy. I hope she has a good trip, and I'll hope for a visit from you in future!

Best wishes,

10:35 PM  

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