Where there's smoke Monday August 23, 2010, 0 comments

Last week I had to travel to Kamloops, British Columbia on business. I was somewhat excited, since it’s been a long time since I’ve seen the mountains. The media had warned that a few weeks ago there had been some forest fires, so I was prepared for a bit of haze caused by smoke.

I landed there on Monday afternoon, to a beautiful clear day. There was a touch of haze in the air, obscuring the more distant mountains, but the closer ones were quite visible. I took this picture at the airport. I wanted to show my kids how small the Dash-7 100 I had been on was:

Dash-8 100 at Kamloops Airport

Kamloops airport is very small. It has two gates, Gate 1 and Gate 2. This means there are only two places for planes to park, and they are both side by side. Nonetheless, Kamloops is (thankfully!) big enough to land smaller jets.

I woke up on Thursday morning to the smell of a camp fire. This confused me, but I didn’t make much of it till after I had showered and headed downstairs for breakfast. The hallway was hazy with smoke from the forest fires. After breakfast I checked out and started my morning walk to work. It was so smoky I couldn’t see more than 500 feet or so.

To give an idea, here’s the 737-300 I eventually flew out of Kamloops on. It is parked at the Gate next to the one in the previous photo. It is about 20 feet to the left of where the first one was.

737-300 at Kamloops Airport

This was the only plane to land or take off from Kamloops on Thursday, because the visibility was so bad that the prop-planes couldn’t land. Even Calgary, a 45 minute flight to the east, was blanketed in smoke, though nowhere near as bad as Kamloops was.


Comments

Commenting has ended for this post, but I'd still love to hear from you.

The website of Adrian Lebar

A Rain of Frogs is written, designed and built by Adrian Lebar, a twenty(!) year veteran of web design and development. He is currently managing web and mobile development teams at Canada’s largest and most beloved classifieds site, Kijiji!

He is a father, sailor, snowboarder, skier, cyclist, writer, artist, graphic designer, classically trained musician and afraid of heights.

Adrian is not currently available for freelance and contract work. Learn more.

If you are ten years out of high school and you say, "damn, those were the best years of my life," I don't want anything to do with you. You scare me.”
- Stephen King

Twitter

  • Remember back when ‘Design Thinking™’ was called ‘problem solving’? Friday October 20, 2017
  • Will hindsight still be hindsight after 2020? Thursday October 19, 2017
  • Holy hell this is a beautiful short: Watch “Fox And The Whale” on #Vimeo t.co/h7k5tHeRBR Monday October 16, 2017
  • I’m not convinced that Zuck’s assertion that eliminating anonymity would improve the tone of dialog on the ‘net is bearing up IRL. #ripaim Tuesday October 10, 2017
  • I may have peed my pants a tiny bit: Star Wars: The Last Jedi Trailer (Official) t.co/bwK8V0wlfr via @YouTube Tuesday October 10, 2017
  • “When programming steps further from the writing of ones and zeros, the loudest objections come from programmers.” — t.co/qonXGMXp8Y Monday October 2, 2017
  • “…addiction to cycles of outrage and counter-outrage is dividing us further, not encouraging us to work together” t.co/rBLKQ9FEnZ Friday September 29, 2017
  • Web sites and mobile apps aren’t bridges. It’s amazing how often people seem to forget this. Thursday September 28, 2017
  • Decades later, and I’m back into the blues. It’s like coming home after travelling abroad. Is anything more comfortable than one’s own bed? Tuesday September 26, 2017
  • Shit’s broken. Yup. Monday September 25, 2017