The adventure before the adventure.

There are planned adventures, and unplanned adventures.  We experienced the latter on our way out of Los Angeles last Wednesday on our way to our planned adventure at Yosemite National Park.  More on Yosemite later, but these are some pics I snapped of a decent-sized brush fire right next to I-5 that started up (under suspicious circumstances) just as we prepared to cross the Tejon pass, better known as the Grapevine.

As luck would have it, California Highway Patrol shut down the interstate a few cars ahead of us, and there we sat for over an hour as multiple agencies, including the California Department of Forestry, fought hard to contain the fire.  Rather than just sit there in the heat and fret over lost time, I decided to snap a few pictures.

The fire was burning from the roadside all the way up the hill on the east side of the interstate, stretching north for about a half mile.

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Helicopters flew in to deposit both firefighters and water.

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And an important safety reminder: objects in mirror are closer than they appear.

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I would rather have foregone the delay, but it was fascinating to watch the firefighters in action, and as a resident of Southern California, I am always grateful for all the hard work they do here.

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~ by Robin Black on July 5, 2009.

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