Fire and Ice

By Robert Frost

Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
From what I’ve tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor fire.
But if it had to perish twice,
I think I know enough of hate
To say that for destruction ice
Is also great
And would suffice.


That is one of my favorite poems since my first reading of it in college, and the poem kept coming to me this week because …

This is what happened in our neighborhood March 13:

The view of the fire from our driveway, Mar. 13, 2012.

Yes, a 10,000 to 12,000 acre wildfire that started about two miles west of us, got blown by 30-60 mph winds northeast

The view of the fire from a neighbor's house Mar. 13, 2012. Yes, I was taking a photo and not manning a shovel. Don't judge me.

away from us, then redirected by changing winds back toward us, touching back to Highway 2 just two miles east of us right up close and personal-like with the neighbor’s place, pictured on the right.

The closest it got was about 3/4 of a mile away, directly north from our house — that’s the picture to the left (and the one in the header at the time of this writing).

Then, seven days later on March 19 we got this:

Oh, look. Winter got here just in time for spring! This was a lull in the blizzard Mar. 19, 2012.

Yes, a 30-60 mph blizzard brought 10-12″ of heavy, wet snow. I left work seconds before the power went out (no paper published Monday) and got home before some roads were closed. Phones out, our power out for 12 hours and a ground covering of 3-36″ depending on the drifting.

I didn’t get much for blizzard photos. I didn’t want to stand in the doorway with the door open, letting heat out, and I kept forgetting the camera when I went out to get work done.

No. I swear I did not take this photo while driving on my way to work Mar. 20, 2012. (Or is that supposed to be, "Yes, I swear ... ." Whatever, you know I'm innocent, right?)

But as you can see, the next day was sunny and warm and we have lots of mud now.

In both tragedies, we came out pretty stinking good. Nothing of ours was burned, and 12 hours without power was nothing compared to up to 72 hours like some people had to endure.

Plus, fire danger is now low, so there’s that at pam(at)