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Old 09-08-2011, 07:57 PM   #21
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just as soon as you head up hwy 21 those beautiful tall pines come into view. A wonderful refreshing change of scenery.
Yep, the Lost Pines area is (was?) a really beautiful oasis in the transition zone between mostly live oak & mesquite to the west and scrub oak to the east. According to the map of the fire the entire area along 21, from Bastrop to where it intersects 290, was burned.

And it's still going...
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Old 09-08-2011, 08:41 PM   #22
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Bastrop

We relocated to Austin from Minnesota in 1984. We loved Bastrop State Park for the pines, which reminded us of the Minnesota north woods. If I recall, didn;t they have another devastating fire there 20 years ago or so?
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Old 09-08-2011, 09:09 PM   #23
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If I recall, didn;t they have another devastating fire there 20 years ago or so?
I'm not sure. I'm hoping much of the damage was to the undergrowth and didn't destroy all the big pines. If they are gone, it will take many, many years for the area to recover.

Speaking of taking years to recover, I just saw a partial list of addresses of homes destroyed. The file was 26 pages long and announced on every page that the information was accurate but incomplete...
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And think about how much hotter it would have been if higher altitude places like Alpine and Fort Davis didn't wreck the curve...
We like to visit Big Bend country, which includes Alpine and Fort Davis, in the winter, but you won't catch us there in the summer.
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...... The portion of the trip from San Antonio to Bastrop is pretty ordinary, but just as soon as you head up hwy 21 those beautiful tall pines come into view. A wonderful refreshing change of scenery.
Yes indeed. A few years ago we drove from SA to CS, and coming across all the tall pines on both sides of 21, driving through the shade for miles, was totally unexpected! It was really nice.
Sad to think that they are probably gone.
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Yes indeed. A few years ago we drove from SA to CS, and coming across all the tall pines on both sides of 21, driving through the shade for miles, was totally unexpected! It was really nice.
Sad to think that they are probably gone.


My boss has about 188 acres of timber... and he said that it was likely all of them would have been dead anyhow with the drought.... he expects most of his trees are dead and if not will be in the next 3 months... we will not see this until next year when nothing turns green....
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We like to visit Big Bend country, which includes Alpine and Fort Davis, in the winter, but you won't catch us there in the summer.
And those are the "cool spots" in Texas during the summer...
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Speaking of cool spots, we're having a cold-wave here. It's 91 degrees outside - I'm heading for the storage closet to dig out my ski jacket.
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I looked out my back window a few minutes ago to see the picture below. The wildfire is right next to my two youngest grandson's elementary school. Buses are evacuating all the kids to another school, DW was in the area, saw the smoke and went by to pick them up so they could avoid the bus ride.

Crap, we need some rain...
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That is NOT good.

Might be time to start loading up the RV, unless you are pretty sure that it will be quickly extinguished.
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That is NOT good.

Might be time to start loading up the RV, unless you are pretty sure that it will be quickly extinguished.
The fire is 8 miles to our south and the winds are light and out of the Northeast, so we're OK on this one...
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Thinking of you REW - good luck.
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