Tag Archives: wildfires

One Beautiful Bastard of a Mountain

Sometimes mountains just don’t want to be climbed. It’s 7 p.m. And I’m sitting in a camp chair three thousand feet below Whitney Portal Campsite; Our lovely prereserved campsite in the alpine forest. I have not stopped sweating for a minute for the past ten hours between the 105-degree temperatures driving through the desert and …

We Will Always Have the Photographs

For years I was that friend who was always taking the pictures. In 2001 my friends hated my digital camera. That old Canon took forever to shot a picture and I have more pictures of my friends glaring at me with that old “Amber, I hate your camera.” Look in their eyes. Some people feel …

All we have left are the Memories

I feel like I need to apologize to friends and family these days; sorry if my FB posts are clogging up your feed but this fire is consuming my life, invading my thoughts. If I’m not feeling miserable about the trees and the trails and the fact that half of the ruggedly beautiful San Gorgonio Wilderness …

Like Sleeping in a War Zone

All night long as we tried to sleep we heard helicopters flying low over our house in the pine filled forest. The choppers were picking up water from nearby Big Bear Lake and fire retardant from the airport near our house to drop on the Lake Fire. The constant drone of the helicopters reminded us …