Not sure how many people realize just how serious the fires are here in the Pacific Northwest states. We are burning up in a lot of places with all the forest and brush fires, especially in the dry, eastern regions of Washington and Oregon. Idaho has their share, as well as California. Hundreds of homes have burned. We are now getting fire fighting help from as far away as Australia and New Zealand. The Okanogan Fire Complex in my state of Washington is now officially the largest fire in the state’s history. We’ve lost 3 firefighters as of last week, and one is in critical condition in a hospital burn unit in Seattle. Our hearts go out to all people involved, as well as those who have lost family members fighting the fires.
The winds shift directions at times to waft the smoke over the Cascade Mountains to the west side of the state. This past weekend has been the worst I have ever experienced with smoke haze. You could smell it, as well. The smoke haze extended all the way over to the coast. I found this out by going for a drive to the coast this past weekend, hoping I could find relief there. No such luck, although it was not as bad. The only plus side of all this haze has been the dramatic sunsets it creates. Today, the winds have shifted and have blown much of the smoke out of the region.
I visited one of my favorite travel destinations on the Washington coast, the Westport Winery. It has been continually rated as one of the best wineries in this part of the state. While there, I had an exquisite lunch in their restaurant area. And, their desserts are to die for! Never skimpy portions! Here are a few images of the winery with some of their beautiful flower garden blooms and outdoor art sculptures.
I highly recommend visiting the Westport Winery to anyone. It’s a fun place to visit!
All photos are property of Peggy A Thompson.