Anxiety levels and stress have been high this past week. We live in close proximity to the urban wildfires that have been burning in Northern California. Everyone you talk to knows at least one family, if not several that have lost everything! The Air quality has been so bad that N95 particle masks have become an integral part of our lives. The sound of sirens, black-hawk helicopters and CDF bombers echo throughout our neighborhoods at all hours of the day and night. Sadly NIXLE updates are also a part of our daily routine – I don’t know a single person that hasn’t signed up for them. We cringe when we receive a new text message with the latest breaking information. Also, KSRO is always on in the background, providing up to the minute updates via live streaming of their radio broadcast of weather conditions, voluntary/mandatory evacuations and sadly the latest death toll. There has been so much loss and devastation in my home town, the town that I grew up in – that I can’t even wrap my mind around it…
There are many stories of Heroes – First Responders and everyday folks that have risked everything to help in this time of need. Some working shifts up to 48 hours straight fighting the fires.
I am at a loss of words – here are some images of the loss and devastation we are experiencing:
Air Tanker 944, a 747-400 dropping fire retardant
Firefighters receiving air support from the CDF helicopter in Santa Rosa
The historic Fountaingrove Round Barn built in 1899
The historic Fountaingrove Round Barn built in 1899 on fire – 10/9/2017
One of the over 9,000 firefighters that are deployed here to battle the fires
Mahalo ke Akua – THANK YOU TO ALL OF OUR First Responders, Volunteers and Businesses that have given and offered so much support during this tragic state of emergency.
Thank you to the owners of Jamisons Roaring Donkey for setting up as a distribution point – receiving, organizing and distributing donations to the fire victims.
On the home front, the boys are doing well. They haven’t been able to go outside all week because the air quality has been so bad. We have had a couple of soccer matches in our living room to help release some of their pent up energy. This past Saturday we were able to take them out to the coast to let them run free and be kids, they were so happy!!!
Makani playing in the sand
Kaleo chasing his shadow
Pure joy for Keoni to finally be able to run free
Checking out the sea lions at the Tides in Bodega
The boys at a fundraiser for Rancho Adobe Volunteer Fire Department 9/23/2017
Our family is blessed, we have not had anybody that has lost their house or their lives. One thing to note: A strong sense of community, help and support can be felt as a result of this tragedy. My heart goes out to all of the families that have been affected by this wildfire. I hope that our lives will return to some sense of normalcy soon – #LOVE #sonomacountystrong #wewillrebuild #kahalewaiboys
On a side note – I proposed to my beautiful wife, Rachel 3 years ago today. Happy Anniversary my love…