It's dry here.
It's very, very dry here.
When at the state park in Tn, it had recently rained. In fact, it poured that evening while I was there & I was grateful that I chose the site I did & not the one next to me as it was under water!
The nice thing about that rain was it filled the creek behind my site, causing the water to run down stream over the rocks. That is such a relaxing sound!
Then I moved onto Arkansas. Wow, dry, dry, even drier. The first state park was dry, but it's even drier in east central Ark. I was at this park (Iron Mountain) at the end of May. The trees were so thick, you could barely see the lake. Now the leaves are so dry & dying, that I have a clear view of the lake in two directions from my campsite. But that's kind of sad.
How the trees looked in May 27, 2012, when I was here.
How the trees look now, July 22, 2012
The leaves are now very, very dry & turning brown.
The park ranger told me they have had 3 fires here so far. One caused by a logging company from their equipment. The other two from fireworks. That was around the 4th of July.
Of the 3 fires, one burned 60 acres, the other 100 acres. I guess the 3rd was much smaller.
But it is a bit unnerving to be sitting here in a dry forest in a motorhome that is sick & could not leave if a fire sparked! Yikes!!
I saw a few trees around here today that had signs of being burned. And of course, there is a burn ban here. No campfires. Which for me, is ok since I don't do campfires anyhow. I like them, but my lungs don't.
I fear this is going (& already has been) to be a very bad fire season!
Stay safe everyone.
~As always, be kind to your pets, clean up after them on your travels & respect your neighbor~