Main Street Mamas: Stay Safe, Beauty:)

By | 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
hundred dollars‬‬. 

We  happened to have a trip to  Palm
Springs  planned  for  this   weekend.
Air  is  great, if  anyone  can  swing a
quick flight!

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
and east.

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
right now.‬‬‬‬‬‬

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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