Old photo at Don’s house & Rodeo Flats Report

This am, inciweb reported: “Monday, the fire spotted over the line near Rodeo Flats Trail. Hand crews worked in difficult terrain to contain the spot. Light fire activity and weather conditions aided those efforts.”

Melissa Marron sent me this old photograph, taken about 25 years ago of her and a friend. (Melissa is obviously the redhead on the left.) I’m hoping she’ll add a comment, once she realizes I FINALLY succeeded in getting this uploaded! Also, thanks to Everitt Chase for some subtle enhancements to the faded color.

While we still have to keep an eye on the Rodeo Flats area behind Cone Peak, as well as Chew’s Ridge slop over on the north, we are none-the-less moving from fire fighting to fire recovery, it seems appropriate to remember who we are and why we are here. This photo does that for me.

Melissa writes of this photograph:

“I think it may have been taken by my mom, or maybe Don or maybe Anna Bostwick…really can’t remember…it’s actually a shot of myself and Kelly Bostwick, gathering wildflowers on the downslope below the deck. It’s a quintessential shot, and really gives the sense of the precarious perch that the homestead sat on.

I have so many fond memories of that place – I remember when Josh and Neva were born, and used to babysit both of them. I have another photo of Gabe Case, myself and my brother with a foot long trout we caught out in front of River Inn…I just have so much love for the family and community in the larger sense.”

Also, for those who have not seen it, there is an article in today’s Monterey Herald with interviews with a number of Big Surians about the day the fire started.

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