Wednesday we got a wild hair (hare?) and drove up to South Fork to see how Big Meadows and Shaw Lake came through the West Fork Complex fire.
Big Meadows and the campground looks quite good.
yes, that it snow on the mountain….
however, as you go up towards Shaw Lake you are met with a totally different scene
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These trees are all lying down in a circular pattern…force of the burn
Then you get up to Shaw Lake and it looks untouched
but as you drive up towards Hunter’s Lake you get the same burn scared landscape.
With all the black “sticks” of trees you still have the beautiful colors of fall….
After our drive we stopped by South Fork Campground and visited with our buds, Terri and Rich Deacon. They are closing down the campground for the season. It certainly has been a challenging year with fire evacuations and reopening. But they came through it smiling!
After having lunch with Rich and Terri we spent time sharing how we were going to spend our winter. The Deacons will tour around Arizona for a month staying at time shares. Then Rich becomes “Propane Man” again doing delivery and installations for the propane company. Terri will enjoy being back into her home.
We ended our day by stopping by Ken’s Auto Service in Del Norte to have four rear tires put on our duly Chevy. Ken’s wife, Alice, is Jim’s cousin. Another cousin, Phyllis, came by to say “hi”, so we had a mini family reunion.
We had initially went to Big Meadows so Jim could have one last chance trout fishing, but it was way too windy. But we certainly had a great time seeing the sights and visiting with friends and family. That’s a good day in anybody’s book!!!
Here’s our closing photo of the beautiful Catholic church in a meadow in South Fork.
Remember, you are loved