1. Mikari
    October 12, 2017 @ 12:57 pm

    I’m no stranger to dehydration, I’ve learned the hard way to drink enough water. Beautiful pics!


    • Adri
      October 12, 2017 @ 4:46 pm

      We both live in (sort of) tropical climates. Dehydration is one thing. Heat strokes is another.

      I wish I could take credit on those stock photos LOL. Nah, I have better photos, I just need to upload them somewhere. ^^


  2. Pauline
    October 20, 2017 @ 2:06 am

    I found this an interesting read, thanks so much for writing and sharing. I’m sorry to hear about your losses and the tragedies – I may sound ignorant but when I think of endless summers like you said, I think of sunshine, blue skies and no worries. I can’t believe that wildfires break out and cause so much stress and anxiety. Thank you for educating me with that regard!

    Matt (my boyfriend) just came back from San Fran and I do recall him talking about delays because of fires but I didn’t know it was to this extent.

    I will take part in this link-up, it’s honestly super fun and different! :) WATCH THIS SPACE.


    • Adri
      October 25, 2017 @ 11:34 pm

      Haha, will do! I remember you mentioning Matt being here in the Bay Area at one point. Hope he had a good time regardless of the fires (and all that unbreathable smoke too). When I went to the Tech Inclusion Career Fair last week in San Fran, the murky sky and that awful smoke really made the city unsafe for breathing.

      And unfortunately, the fires are still going on, but the good news is, about 80% of them are already contained, so hopefully everything will be extinguished by the end of the month. I don’t know how the North Bay will celebrate Halloween now (or rather, the Harvest Season) because of these fires because there probably may not be anything to harvest because a lot of acres of grape vines and other crops were burned. As of writing this comment, 42 casualties, and that was reported last week. I haven’t heard any increasing casualties right now, so that’s a good sign. Hopefully.

      We even had another unfortunate wildfire incident in the Santa Cruz Mountains (about 45 mins south of where I live) sometime middle of last week, but as of today, a lot of the fire has been contained (not as worse as the ones in the North Bay). A lot of us locals were already suspecting arson behind these fires. It makes no sense how nature would start fires in the North Bay and then another one not too far away from us. There were even news that there were also wildfires in Southern California (though not as bad as the ones in the North Bay).

      Don’t worry about the “endless summers” bit, you’re not the only one. A lot of my non-California relatives and friends also thought of the same thing when they hear the words “endless summers.” To them, it’d be like “Ooh, sun, I want to soak up the rays and relax at the beach!” and me going “Dammit sun, go away already! Where are you, rain?” LOL.

      And speaking of “endless summers,” it’s still “summer” here. It’s almost nearing November and I’m still wearing t-shirts and shorts and shades. The sun really needs to go away lol.


  3. Susanne
    October 21, 2017 @ 8:49 am

    That landscape indeed looks like something in Tuscany, or similar. And that the castle even has an Italian name!! Do you know the history behind that?
    Has the summer been unusually hot over there too, like in the Mediterranean area? There have been lots of fires here too, in Italy, Spain, Portugal… There is still something going on in Portugal.
    I see that your post is somewhat old, so I hope that they’ve managed to get the fires under control by now.


    • Adri
      October 25, 2017 @ 11:51 pm

      As I mentioned to Pauline, the fires are still going on, but they’re almost completely contained, so hopefully, all of this will be over before November. Hopefully.

      From what I can recall in my old middle school history of California, this state opened its doors to a lot of immigrants in the old days (as early as 1800s), as well as its native residents (native American tribes, early Mexicans, early Spaniards/colonizers). California was also a former region of Mexico until the Americans “took” it after the Mexican-American War in the early 1800s (which also included Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas). It even became its own country until the Civil War broke out in the 1860s. But, in terms of North Bay, there were plenty of European immigrants there, mostly from the poor regions, to start a better life (usual immigrant visions, like my family’s reason for immigrating here). Because California was so rich and fertile with so many natural resources, many from the Eastern side of the U.S., as well as foreigners from other nations, have heard of the Gold Rush, and a lot have sacrificed what they have to stake claim of some California land and strike it rich.

      That Castello di Amorosa vineyard castle is pretty new (it was constructed just some years ago like in the early 2010s), but it was modeled after an ancestral home back in Italy that the vintner’s (4th generation Italian-American) ancestors used to own some centuries ago. There are a lot more vineyards that are as old as almost 200 years old, but I couldn’t find the right stock photos. Plus, a lot of the vineyards were also destroyed by the wildfires, so it’ll take awhile for the locals to rebuild them. This same family also owns a vineyard in Italy too.

      And, regarding this “endless summer,” it’s still summer here, reaching about 80-90 degrees Fahrenheit (about 27-32 Celsius). It’s nearing November and I have my windows open at night for some cool breeze.

      Most of the place names here in California are mostly Spanish names (ex. San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Jose, Saratoga, Palo Alto, Rancho Santa Margarita, etc.), native American tribal names (Yosemite, Tuolumne, etc.), some European names (Stanislaus, Sebastopol (there’s also a huge Russian community here in the Bay Area too), Fremont, etc.).

      Speaking of California history, I still remember the old name for Los Angeles (we were always quizzed on this one too back in school): El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Ángeles de la Porciúncula (if you’re reading this Pauline, this name beats Fuerteventura LOL). I guess when the Americans took over California, they just shortened it to Los Angeles. Go figure lol.


  4. Claudine
    October 27, 2017 @ 12:11 am

    This was very interesting to read, but pretty scary at the same time! I didn’t know that California’s climate could cause a disaster so huge. I admit that I don’t know much about wildfires and I thought they only happened in forests or mountains, so I was surprised to know that wildfires can happen in towns and other residential areas as well. Good to know that some of the fires have been contained already, but I hope they’re completely extinguished before they cause further damage and casualties. :(


    • Adri
      October 27, 2017 @ 1:55 am

      We’ve already lost some 42 lives from that fire. They normally occur in forests and mountains, but the North Bay is like Tuscany, Italy, so they’re pretty much surrounded by mountains and hills and hills and hills of grape vineyards, orchards, and farms of all kinds.

      The thing about California is that it takes up half of the Western coast of the mainland U.S. The state is the third largest by area and the largest state by population, and California also owns some 12-13% of the U.S. economy. If you rank California to the rest of the world in terms of GDP and economy rankings, the state itself would land probably 6th or 7th biggest economy. So in short, California can stand by itself as its own country LOL. Speaking of land, it pretty much has every single terrain (except for tropical rainforests like the Philippines or Hawaii). We got beaches (given), forests (given), lots of mountains (given), deserts (also given), open lands and plains (definitely given), and we get all kinds of weather here. The only weather that somewhat lacks is snow, except in the mountainous areas and ones near the border of Oregon, Nevada, and Arizona. For some 30-ish years of my life living here in California, I’ve never experienced snow LOL.

      Right now, some are doubting that Mother Nature was the cause of those wildfires that burned so much of North Bay. Even I’m starting to think of the same thing too. It could be arson or some idiot who decided to litter their cigarette butts to our lands at random, for all we know. If it’s either or, I would be very pissed off lol.


  5. Kya
    October 27, 2017 @ 8:47 pm

    Thanks for creating this post and sharing your thoughts of your home and the dangers that lurk there. Fire is so scary. Every summer, in Australia I am always nervous because sometimes it can be very bad, especially when there has been limited rain. I hope that things will improve very soon!


    • Adri
      October 30, 2017 @ 10:44 am

      Hi Kya! The good news, as of this writing, is that the fires are about 89%-90% contained, so hopefully, before the end of this week or so, all fires may be extinguished. The bad news is that it could take several months to a year (or more) to fully recover everything that was burned (especially the vineyards and the farmlands).

      Rain is also a problem here in California. It’s like an on and off switch. Local weather says that it may rain later this week, but it’ll only be light showers. I’m still praying for more rain here.


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