The Year - Everyone has had years that stand out in
their memory. For me, they were years with life changing events and they
became points of reference when looking back. In 1968 I graduated from high
school and that spring, Robert Kennedy was assassinated. I spent the summer
of 73 hitch hiking around Europe, graduated from college in 74, in 1980 I began my current job and in 1992
my mother died.
The Damage - The B&H Ranch consisted of 20 acres, a primary residence, 2 secondary houses and 3 barns. We were lucky in that the house we sleep in and 1 barn survived. Unfortunately, because our house is so small, we had stored most of our possessions in the other buildings which burned. Because of the single road that enters our valley, fire fighters would not come in and the fire spread without resistance. Four of our neighbors lost their homes and the fact that ours survived is still a mystery. The fire came right up to the front door, circled the house and continued up the hill in the back. All vegetation on the 20 acres burned along with out buildings, barns, vehicles and well houses.
Looking Up - Today, things are looking up in the Southern California burn areas. We've had some rain and the landscape is turning from black to green. Wild flowers have sprouted and grass is growing. Since October, after being scorched by the burning undergrowth, the evergreen oaks have stayed completely brown. Now they've started to recover and leaves are sprouting on the more protected higher branches. On the other hand, the shorter scrub oaks faired less well and I expect they will be reminding us for years about October's fire storm. Even they have begun to sprout new growth at ground level and in a few seasons their burned branches should be overgrown. It was a depressing six months but spring came and nature is recovering with enthusiasm.
Before this valley was subdivided, it was a
seasonal campground for the Kumeyaay Indians, then it became a ranch and finally
it was broken up into 10 acre parcels. We were lucky enough to be able to
purchase two joining properties and we've been working hard at returning them to
their former native environment. The previous owners were horse people and the
property was strewn with rotting corals, abandoned chicken coops and rusty
barbed wire strung haphazardly from tree to tree. Old truck tires, car parts and
abandoned appliances dot the landscape.
Thanks for visiting our Website. Based on our tracking log, these are currently our popular articles.