People always have a spot, one that is not far away, that is special to them. We call it our "go-to" place. It is a town called Idyllwild. population: around 3,784.
Much could be written about this town, but right now it is most famous for the recent Cranston Fire.
|Following the rains of 2017|
After Cranston Fire at Idyllwild July 2018
We drove through this moonscape on our way to Idyllwild for the afternoon yesterday. This community of 3,874 was busy with an annual music festival. So many visitors were there that we had real difficulty finding a parking place. Shop owners told us about the courage and dedication of firefighters and how this tight-knit town were ready for such an event.
If we had not driven through the black and white burned area, we would not have known a fire had nearly taken their town.
It was saved by three or more days of 24 hour firefighters being so brave. Around the clock of fire retardant drops and water from Lake Hemet kept their town whole.
Arson was the cause, as in other fires in the news. It is a felony to do such a horrible thing, with serious consequences. We personally feel that an arsonist should spend the rest of his life on the front lines of fighting a wildfire.
We will visit our "go-to" Idyllwild again soon.