Main Street Mamas: Stay Safe, Beauty:)
By Anne Lesley Selcer
| 1 February 2020
By nine p.m. last night, I was
nauseous, dizzy, fatigued, had a bad
migraine, and my sixteen month old
was coughing. We’re in a very old
building, the windows are not fully
sealed or double-paned. We were
going to start Thanksgiving Monday
but decided to pack the car up early
and drive away as fast as possible.
We drove to Monterey last night and
are staying in Carmel the rest of the
weekend. It was only a two hour
drive. It is much better down here
but the winds could always change.
We’re heading to Tahoe where the
air quality is green. It was like
Armageddon til we got to Folsom.
We left once I saw respiratory
problems with our six month old.
Drove to LA late Thursday night and
arrived with two kids at two thirty
a.m. We’re watching San Francisco
in the news for having the worst air
quality in the world.
We just don’t know where to go.
Even Santa Cruz is red now.
I considered going to Monterey with
my boys but then the air quality
declined there too. I’m thirty-nine
weeks pregnant and can’t risk going
further, solo. So we’re sticking
inside with the curtains closed and
air purifier on blast.
We don’t have a car so we’re still
We left for Tahoe last night. Crazy
bad smoke until you get to Auburn.
We had the air in the on recirculate
and just drove as fast as we could.
I was in Reno earlier this week,
driving to Palm Springs now.
Headed to LA. Southwest changed
our Thanksgiving flights for free!
We’re headed to Fort Bragg. We got
a last minute hotel for under a
We happened to have a trip to Palm
Springs planned for this weekend.
Air is great, if anyone can swing a
We drove to Carmel. We got an
incredible hotel deal.
If you want to escape but don't want
to add to the air issue you can always
take Amtrak. It's a pleasant train ride
and an enclosed air circulation
system. Trains leave from
Emeryville for points north, south
I was going to take my little one to
Monterey this afternoon for the
weekend. But it looks like it is
supposed to get better here and
worse in Monterey.
Same. But now it’s turning red here.
Thinking to keep on moving.
We would've left last night but our
newborn is too young to travel far
and doesn't do well in the car. We've
been inside the house since last
We left this morning around nine
a.m. for Reno. No traffic but the air
was awful in Sacramento. It’s a
hazardous 335 on the air quality
We have been gone since last
Saturday. First we went to Fresno
then flew to Florida. We debated
going to Palm Springs but decided
for Grandmas instead.
We’re in Tahoe and it’s gorgeous. It
sounds like there’re still plenty of
If anyone wants to go to SoCal,
Great Wolf Lodge has a good deal
Tahoe City air is perfect and there
are a ton of vacancies everywhere.
It’s a few uncomfortable hours in the
car but once you are through the
smoke it’s totally worth it.
I just saw an article that they are
evacuating a neighborhood in Santa
Cruz because of a new fire.
We are staying put. We don’t have a
cheap place to go where we know
the air quality won't tank as soon as
we get there. The husband has been
sealing up windows.
I heard there’s a wildfire burning in
the Santa Cruz Mountains.
American Airlines and Southwest
will waive change fee if you call and
say you were affected by wildfires.
We stayed. Mostly because I'm
worried that once we go somewhere
the air will get worse there and better
in San Francisco. But now I feel
claustrophobic and I just want to get
out of this smoke.
Staying put! Baby has the sniffles,
but she’s still in great spirits. We’ve
got a mega good air purifying system
in our house (yeah, we can thank
Papa Bear for that!), and Mama’s
gettin’ her home cooking ON.
Praying that things begin to clear by
early next week. Stay safe, beauty:)
Came to Paso Robles on Friday and
staying for the week. Great place for
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