The RIM Fire

posted Aug 25, 2013, 8:56 AM by Paul Wagner   [ updated Aug 26, 2013, 8:28 AM ]
We've fixed the photo on this post now...
Thanks to everyone who has inquired about the fate of our cabin up in the Sierra.  The cabin is west of Twain Harte, for those of you following the fire on the internet.
So far, so good.  The fire is southeast of our cabin, and would have to jump the North Fork of the Tuolumne River, and the Highway 108 corridor before it reached our cabin.  So we are quite grateful for that. 
We were at the cabin this week, but came back early  because of this fire. We had initially planned to go backpacking with our daughter there, but she was so tired from her long trip ( Argentina to NYC, then on to SFO) that she begged off. We puttered around the cabin, swam in the lake, and generally enjoyed ourselves.   But on the third day, the smoke was way too thick to be breathing it for very long...and we were at 3600 feet, more or less north and west of the fire. Further east, in the Emigrant Wilderness, the smoke must be horrible.  Here's a photo taken with my Blackberry on Thursday from Sonora itself:  

On our way home we could see the plume from more than 100 miles away.

Very sad what is burned already: Lake Eleanor, the Clavey Canyon, Miguel Meadows...and it looks like the Beehive is next...those are all areas that we know well, and have hiked through on previous trips.