Going bonkers here in central Oregon. Haven't seen the blue sky for two weeks. Weather reports say Sunny, mid-80's, no precipitation. Star gazing reports say, clear nights. But all we have is smoke from numerous forest fires. I thought about escaping to paddle in the San Juans or various "groups" around Vancouver Island but a short while back I heard they had a bunch of forest fires on Vancouver Island. Another consideration is, we might actually be somewhat trapped as the more common/shortest routes out of here to Portland (and points north), or Eugene are blocked because of fire. That is, you can always go around some route - but it makes it a much longer drive. Maybe there is some interesting paddling around northern California? Arrrrrgh - this was supposed to be a great time to paddle in the high lakes, work on camping/packing skills, etc. Instead, everyone is indoors or ventures out wearing those white masks you see people use around fiberglass.