This Summer Haze

My country’s on fire..


Or I guess the Western Half.


BC and Alberta currently have hundreds of uncontrolled fires leaving the sky with a thick blanket of smoke. There’s 200 active wildfires in BC alone with 979 fires recorded this season. Since I don’t have a TV I didn’t really know why the sky had been so grey but recently I realized that our dry summer has brought lots of damage.


The fires were getting so out of hand in BC that American firefighters were contracted in and when that wasn’t enough we brought in Mexican firefighters. This week Canada is expecting 50 firefighters from Australia to come and help get our fires under control.


It’s kind of cool how many countries are coming to help.


For a while we had air quality advisories on but really, who wants to stop living and stay in doors? After all it’s kind of pretty outside with the summer haze even though it was also kind of scary.


Yesterday Aaron and I drove out to the lake to meet my family and spent the day boating and sea-dooing. It had to be the most stressful drive out there. For some reason the highway we needed was divided into two- one highway went north and one highway went south, but they were split 30km apart. On what planet does that make sense?


So when we missed the first highway 36 without knowing; we saw the second highway 36 and headed north on that instead. Whelp.. with no food or water and making a two hour mess-up you could say I was frustrated.. and started sulking. Actually it was more of a frustrated temper tantrum. We both were defeated for a second and almost considered just staying where we were, some place google didn’t even have mapped, and call it a day.


Thankfully after we realized our mistake, after 30 mins of driving in the wrong direction, my dad met us on the highway we were supposed to take and we made our way to the lake.


Once we got there all was well and we started enjoying our saturday road trip.


The weird thing was even though it was so hot you couldn’t really see the sun since it was so smokey out. Instead you just sat their in the still heat that was trapped by the smoke. It was nice on the lake though when you started driving the sea-doo around. It was my first time but I’m all about quads and dirt bikes (I haven’t dirt biked in years) so the sea-doo was fun. I can’t wait to try it when I don’t have my entire family watching me.


It was nice being at the lake again. Since I moved into town and don’t live in the country any more I’ve been a bit antsy. I miss the trees and silence and how I could lay in the backyard and not have to worry about neighbours seeing me. I didn’t have to worry about sirens going off or lamp posts shinning through my window.


As we were packing up to leave for the two hour drive home the summer haze began to clear and we could finally see our blue sky. I don’t think we saw sky in days so it was almost surprising. It’s funny how we adapt to our environments.

summer haze


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What did you do this weekend? Any of my Canadian friends see the smoke from all the fires? I hope you all had a good weekend!

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  • Reply
    July 15, 2015 at 3:04 pm

    Hey Shelby 🙂
    Beautiful pictures – that first one lured me in. I really should start listening to the news on the radio – I never seem to know what is going on in the world. But sometimes I like it that way, it is like I am wrapped in a big fluffy blanket that cancels out some of the noise around me ;).
    It sounds like you had an adventurous weekend – those water bike things look like a whole lotta fun! I went on a family trip last weekend too, up to a place called Queenstown. It is very beautiful there, and we walked a lot. I also practiced my slacklining, cause it has been too long since I have done that. I hope you and Aaron have been well 🙂
    Oh, and I also totally followed you on Pinterest!
    xX Zoe | http://life-gazing-and-wildstrawberries.blogspot.co.nz/

    • Reply
      July 17, 2015 at 6:18 am

      Ya most of the time the news freaks me out so it’s kind of bliss not really knowing what’s happening. Luckily we’ve had a huge downpour so all the fires are under control :]
      Have you driven a sea-doo? I’ve heard of Queenstown! It looks really nice there. You walk on a tightrope? That’s pretty unique! How did you get into that?
      Followed back :]

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    July 13, 2015 at 4:09 pm

    I loved Canada when I visited, looking forward to go again!

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    • Reply
      July 17, 2015 at 6:14 am

      Awesome! I hope you make it back here soon then 😀


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