I have to say that reading news about the rim fire leaves me feeling very disconnected from the world.
Hetch Hetchy is where most of San Francisco’s public water comes from, and to have an enormous fire raging at its banks while I blithely go about my domestic chores of bathing, washing dishes, and doing laundry feels very, very strange. Not that going without a shower and letting dried food accumulate on my dishes would somehow help put the fire out, but the disconnect is very troubling.
I’ve had the pleasure of spending time at Camp Mather, which was originally the worker’s camp for the building of the Hetch Hetchy dam and was then passed to the City/County of San Francisco. It’s a summer camp for the city, and if you’ve never been I highly recommend it, particularly if you have kids.
The latest update I received from SF Parks and Rec said that the rim fire has made it to the edge of Camp Mather, but at this time no structures or buildings were threatened.
The country where this fire is burning is incredibly gorgeous, but also incredibly rugged and steep. I’ve ridden my bike from Camp Mather to Hetch Hetchy, and the road itself is rather steep and winding, not to mention the mountains and hills that it is cut through.
Hetch Hetchy, Camp Mather, Yosemite – three absolutely gorgeous and important places to San Francisco. And yet, I’m willing to bet that almost every San Franciscan got up this morning and went about their business as if nothing was abnormal, as if an enormous fire wasn’t lapping at the banks of our water supply. As if a cherished summer camp wasn’t at risk of being seriously damaged.
Is this just part of the city/country disconnect? I’m curious how you’ve been feeling and what your thoughts are on the rim fire.