So why did we don multiple jackets to stand in pitch darkness in a spot that seemed suspiciously like the middle of nowhere? To see fire of course!
It all started when we saw smoke rising from a forested mountainside. Mrs. Krahanpix’s interest in fire is even stronger than mine and she insisted we investigate.
Our fascination with fire extends to fancy restaurants that cook with fire at the table, staring at brilliant flames in our backyard fire pit, roasting marshmallows over an open fire, sitting by a fireplace, hiking through burned out forests, telling tall tales by a fire and seeing the rejuvenation of forests with increased wildlife after a fire has been through. To top that all off, where does my wife work – the fire department of course!
A closer inspection of the fires on the mountainside revealed that they were a little too organized to be wild. We found out later they had been set by national park staff.
Seeing the fire was appealing so it was only natural to go back after dark to see what it looked like at night.
After driving for some time, we found an extremely dark and quiet spot to get a good view. I’m sure it was only us and nocturnal animals wandering around – thankfully none of them mistook us for a snack.
We needed magnification to help us out since the fire may have been one or two km in the distance and up on the side of a mountain. Armed with binoculars and a long lens, we were able to view the fire’s spectacular contrast with the night. It was definitely worth the drive.
Once we had our fire fix for the night, we went to a restaurant and sat next to an open pizza oven fuelled by what else, a fire.
Yes, it was another good evening with fire.