Currently, my city is on fire. While wildfires are not a new thing for me (being a lifelong California resident), this one is unbelievably close; we're one block outside the mandatory evacuation zone. Electricity continues to flicker in and out, but we have water and gas. As of this afternoon, the fire has burned 45,000 acres, 150 homes, and one facility for people with mental health concerns and chemical dependencies. Grant Park burned, the botanical gardens burned, and a large apartment complex up the street burned to the ground at around 4 a.m. We've been up since three-thirty this morning awaiting news.
I feel for everyone who has lost their home, the thousands of people evacuated, and the residents who have been up since the early hours anxiously waiting to see what will happen. I give a big thank you to the firefighters fighting to save our city, our homes, and our businesses.
Greyhound Rock on the Santa Cruz Coast
Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park
Moving back to Ventura! I love living near the beach, the mountains, and my friends and family.
MOST POPULAR POST
This post on the beautiful Pt. Lobos State Natural Reserve is a big hit.
WHAT I READ
I'm currently reading Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood. I had started reading this about eight months or so ago and put it aside for being too dense. I just finished watching the Netflix series and thought I should give it a second chance. I'm enjoying comparing the two and remember reading about Grace Marks in a book on female killers.
WHAT I WATCHED
I finished watching Alias Grace last week and am currently watching the Netflix series Godless. We also went to go see the fantastically over the top and fun Thor: Ragnarok. It was definitely the best of the Thor movies and had the best soundtrack of any Marvel movie so far. Plus, Cate Blanchett as Hella was perfect!
COMING UP IN DECEMBER 2017
Going to be bumming around southern California and the SF Bay Area. After moving and starting graduate school, funds are a little low for any travels further abroad.