I had to double check the time on my watch and blink my eyes forcefully to make sure that I was actually awake. Everything was covered in what looked like an orange photo filter and the forest was absolutely silent. It was 9am and this lake is usually overrun by the sound of wildlife everywhere by this time. The mosquitoes were out with a vengeance because it looked as though it was dusk. I'm sure they were as confused as I was. After I snapped out of my trance, I quickly realized there must be forest fires in the area. They weren't so close that we were in any danger, but it turns out that there were some about an hour's drive away. The mountains surrounding the lake kept the smoke from bothering us, but it sure made for a bizarre day. We went swimming in the eerily still lake and floated amongst all the ashes the were sprinkled across the surface. It was actually quite beautiful.
Since we don't have any internet coverage in the area, we had to wait for my parents to arrive to hear the news of what was going on. We have felt so lucky with the beautiful weather we've been having, but everything comes at a cost. We drove to the ferry in Nanaimo and the smoke was so thick in the air that we couldn't stand to have the windows down. Once we arrived in Vancouver, we found the same thing here. The fires are all across the West Coast it seems -- not just on the island. Today, I'm spending the day indoors to avoid the smoke. I feel like I've inhaled enough of it yesterday, so I have decided to keep my windows closed and sweat it out inside.
I hope that wherever you are, you are safe on this strange Monday. xoxo
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