Another interesting year.....punctuated by a 110,000 acre fire around us in mid-August. We got evacuated and, although the fire came within 1/4 mile, 1500 fire fighters did AWESOME work and kept us - and all the Valley - safe. During the evacuation, we threw three cats and the dog into the Sprinter and drove West to a friends' ranch for a few days. Anton Chekhov (top) and Ava Gardner were just a year old, our two most recent additions to the menagerie. We knew about a wedding of some friends in mid-September - both families are dear friends. AH, a BREAK! So, we drove down for it....in Boulder, at the height of the floods! FIRE & FLOOD! October brought a 12 day trip to Oregon, when True North added 2 more states (Oregon & California) to where he has traveled. (He has been in the Pacific - now comes the Atlantic!).