Posted by: Kate | July 27, 2009

It’s a Privilege

We are in the midst of a crazy heat wave out here on the west coast. Temperatures are easily reaching over 30 degrees Celsius most days, and we have only had one rainfall in July. As many of you are aware, our forest fire danger is critical, and just on Friday a campfire ban went in to effect for the whole island (the day we finished our camping trip, what perfect timing).

I have talked about our unique shoreline before, how it stretches along the old island highway into town. Because of this, our fire department allows beach fires along a stretch of the shoreline, even when campfire bans are in place. There are important rules to follow, such as keeping your fire below the high tide mark, and unfortunately there is plenty of evidence down there of people who don’t follow the rules. 

To escape the heat, however, an evening fire with the ocean breezes is the perfect antidote. We did just that last night. We placed our fire below the high tide line and we kept it small. We also had a bucket of water at hand. A few s’mores and some good chat – the perfect way to spend a summer evening.

Note that water getting closer - the tide was coming in!

Note that water getting closer - the tide was coming in!

The sky was beautiful as the sun set.

cr shoreline at night

And no night on the shore is complete without a cruise ship or two passing by.

cruise ship at night


  1. That sounds wonderful. We just got back from a week at the Oregon coast and living on the east side of Oregon in all this heat makes me wish I were back on the beach having my own camp fire. Enjoy the summer and say hello to the ocean for me!

  2. Sounds like a great evening.

    Late last week we were still able to have campfires. My crew is out backpacking, without a stove. A burn ban may have them home early.

  3. It looks like a great time. We can have fires too – along the beach – depending on the weather conditions. They do make for a lovely summer evening.

  4. Paradise!

  5. What a perfect summer evening!

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