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PostMon Sep 14, 2020 4:56 pm 
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One thing I did a couple of days ago before it got really bad was to check mountain webcams. Unfortunately Hurricane Ridge went offline. Paradise looks fair to poor, Whistler is fair, Lake Louise looks poor to very poor.

I wish there was a webcam at Mt. Baker.
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PostMon Sep 14, 2020 5:20 pm 
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Tomorrow I am hitching up the trailer and heading east or SE somewhere. I don't know where.  Somewhere where the air is clearer.  I figure it'll take a couple days to find it.

According to one of the maps of colors, the air gets OK in an arc, beyond Twin Falls, ID and central Montucky.

I have no plans, maybe follow Lewis and Clark, maybe check out Wyoming.  Maybe just head to Minnysoda even?

Otherwise, the tune of Nowhere to Run is stuck in my head.

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PostMon Sep 14, 2020 5:52 pm 
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I visited Lake Quinault this last Fri-Sun.  It was very strange not being able to see across to the other shore... almost felt like being on the ocean coast with a great vast sea in front of me instead... minus the waves.

Looking south from the NE shore of the lake
Looking south from the NE shore of the lake
Looking SW, from the north inlet of the river into the lake
Looking SW, from the north inlet of the river into the lake

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PostMon Sep 14, 2020 6:39 pm 
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treeswarper wrote:
I have no plans, maybe follow Lewis and Clark, maybe check out Wyoming.

I would recommend Wyoming, since most of the smoke is going north of there I think. I did read a report of a foot of snow in the Winds. The Beartooths might be a good camping destination.

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PostMon Sep 14, 2020 7:04 pm 
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Has anyone been up high, say in the Pasayten recently?
What’s the altitude ceiling on the smoke - is it possible to get above it anywhere in this state??
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PostMon Sep 14, 2020 7:38 pm 
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We hiked to upper priest lake yesterday and while we were in the forest canopy, the smoke didn’t seem to be nearly as bad. At the lake shore it was thick.

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PostMon Sep 14, 2020 7:40 pm 
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Smoke forecast for Wednesday 11 am. Smoke in Whyoming as well, although not as bad. Best bet in WA seems to be along the coast. Although notice how the smoke starts to build again in the Olympics.
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PostMon Sep 14, 2020 8:23 pm 
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Frango wrote:
Has anyone been up high, say in the Pasayten recently?
What’s the altitude ceiling on the smoke - is it possible to get above it anywhere in this state??

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PostMon Sep 14, 2020 8:47 pm 
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Light rain in Olympia.
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PostMon Sep 14, 2020 10:00 pm 
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I drove to Salt Lake City and back last week. Nothing but smoke the entire drive.
Probably have to get over the Rockies to get some fresh air. Or maybe Arizona.
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PostMon Sep 14, 2020 11:01 pm 
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I was up above Stevens Pass picking berries today and the smoke really thinned out the higher I went.
A few hundred feet above the pass.
Stevens Pass 9/14/20
Stevens Pass 9/14/20

Higher up, I could actually see some real clouds, instead of smoke.
Stevens Pass 9/14/20
Stevens Pass 9/14/20

Berries abundant despite the smoke.
Stevens Pass 9/14/20
Stevens Pass 9/14/20
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PostTue Sep 15, 2020 5:28 am 
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Right now the goal is to get out of this thick crap to less thick.  Woke up with the cough I used to get when I had to ride to work with a bunch of cigarette smokers.

We are at 360 this morning which is an improvement from last night.

I have ONE hepa mask to wear while loading and hitching.

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PostTue Sep 15, 2020 6:39 am 
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treeswarper: dont come here the smoke is thick in the valley.... friend in iowa has clear skies and light raing but they were just devestated by high winds....sodak maybe?
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PostTue Sep 15, 2020 7:20 am 
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Someone pinch me, because I think I'm dreaming that it rained last night and the smoke has cleared this morning
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PostTue Sep 15, 2020 7:43 am 
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Looks pretty clear at all the mountain webcams this morning...
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