A place that I love is literally going up in smoke.
It is said to have been started by a campfire.
Currently it has burned more than 53,000 acres.
It has destroyed over 57 homes. It has killed one man, injuring two others.
The fire still burns. It is 35% contained.
I have hiked the Soberanes Canyon Trail hundreds of times. Sometimes twice in one day.
I have hiked it in the pouring rain, heavy fog, and relentless heat.
This is a place where I find my God – in the Great Out Doors. This is where I connect.
When I travel to California for work I arrange my flights so I can hike Soberanes the day I arrive and the day I leave.
This past trip, that did not happen…..
My flight into Monterey was greeted with smoke rising from the place I love. My heart broke….
Despite all of the continued devastation, what gives me hope is the knowledge that after the fire new growth will come……
Like me, after complete ruin, a seed sprouted and I am stronger, more resilient than before.
Thank you to all that are working so hard, around the clock and those who support the workers behind the scenes.