This weekend's enjoyment level was pretty seriously dampened by the smoke, but we tried to make the best of things. Ven and I agreed it would be a bad idea for me to ride my bike to Heron House from the ferry, so she picked me up (without Lil, who's been spending longer stretches of time at home on her own). The ferry decks are inaccessible these days but walk-on ferry passengers are allowed to stand at the front of the car deck, which is the primo location because the forward motion of the ferry funnels cool air through the car deck. The fresh air also felt cleaner to breathe but that might have been an illusion.
I got some wild photos of the Salish Sea looking like open ocean since you couldn't see the land on the other side.
Air quality numbers on the island are about the same as they are on the mainland (high 100 - low 200) but the air felt cleaner to breathe. It almost seemed like the haze was part smoke and part fog? My theory is that the usual fog didn't burn off since the sunlight was weakened by the smoke, so a mix of "morning" fog and smoke lingered all day. Even so, the makeshift air filtration system (luckily we bought good air filters last summer when it wasn't smoky) had a disgusting black circle on it after a day or so.( Collapse )