When we turned onto Bouquet Canyon Road which leads to Leona Valley, we really couldn't tell exactly where the fire was and in which direction it was burning but we decided to take a chance. We didn't see any roadblocks nor much traffic so felt we were relatively safe in assuming we would be able to get through. The first photo was taken just as we were beginning to get into the canyon.
This photo was taken after we had passed the fire and were looking back at it from Bouquet Reservoir. Pretty impressive, isn't it? It was about 11:30 am and it was already into the 100's.... hot, hot, hot. You can see on the map below where we were when these shots were taken (marked with an x) in relation to the fire location (marked with arrows) and in relation to where we pick cherries.
We did get 44 lbs of cherries and they are clean and in the fridge (in 9 large-size "baggies") getting cold and crisp! That's probably what we'll have for dinner tonight? :)
Life is never dull out our way!