THE WEST IS ABLAZE YET NATIONAL MEDIA ARE VIRTUALLY MUM ABOUT IT

Heading north…

TOUR OF THE ROCKIES, DAY 2

September 6, 2017

From Heber Valley, Utah Utah flag

THE WEST IS ABLAZE YET NATIONAL MEDIA ARE VIRTUALLY MUM ABOUT IT

Everybody is obsessing with hurricane Irma and Florida

While most of the country is focusing on the devastating hurricane Irma which is threatening the eastern US and Florida in particular, over here in the west an even bigger and more widespread natural disaster is under way. Almost literally, the West is ablaze (see the map).

Which goes to show us how myopic our country is. Or at least our lamestream media.

Drive through Smoky Mountains of the West

After two days of driving more or less straight north from Scottsdale, Arizona, the dominant feature of our Tour of the Rockies so far has been that the mountains are mostly hidden from clear view by the enormous cloud of smoke that is now blanketing most of the western United States.

I did not know that, but I guessed forest fires may have been the reason we have had hazy skies and high and dry weather in Arizona even before we left home. And this has been confirmed in spades during our drive north. When we drove through southern suburbs of Salt Lake City this afternoon, the beautiful mountains that form its backdrop, which you may remember from the 2002 Winter Olympics, were barely visible even from just a few miles away.

Smoky mountains continued all the way up to Heber Valley where we are overnighting tonight.

Luckily, the temperatures dropped sharply in the evening which made outdoor dining a very pleasant experience. The “Back 40” restaurant is surrounded by beautiful green fields. While waiting for our food to arrive, Elizabeth and I watched a delightfully serene scene – half a dozen horses frolicking around in the green pasture.

Here are some pictures from our tonight’s dinner.

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