Our friend Bruce Moision — JPL engineer, dad, jogger, Bungalow Heaven resident and bicycle commuter — rode his bike up the usually busy Gabrielino Trail yesterday (what some of us call the JPL Trail, because it’s just east of the JPL campus), as far as the Nino picnic area. He followed the big road, on which he usually jogs.
Moision brought his camera and reported back on the damage to one of our hometown’s most beloved and well-used nature areas. Here’s what he found:
The first half-mile or so was spared — it's still green and leafy.
Moision says the absence of color is the most striking thing; the white stuff on the ground is fire retardant.
A sad but beautiful photo that brings to mind New England in the late winter, not California in summer.
The bridge near the Nino picnic area was a fire casualty.
The hillside above is now bare.
The fire uncovered foundations of some old cabins destroyed long ago.
Our metaphor of hope for the day: Moision discovered that one of his favorite oaks survived.