What I did not enjoy was all of the smoke blanketing the Bay Area and Central Valley from the Camp Fire, which (not surprisingly) got worse as I headed toward Sacramento. Now of course for me it was merely an inconvenience, not the catastrophe that has been visited upon Paradise.
In Sacramento, I stopped in and visited my sister, telling her about the play and making sure she had things she needed. Then I set off for home.
Around Nyack, I broke through the layer of smoke and started being able to breathe deeply again. By the time I was home, the headache I had from breathing smoke was receding.
This was a pretty good weekend. I just wish it was a little easier to do trips like this. I'd take the train, but besides the fact that there's no easy way to get from San Jose to connect into the California Zephyr at Emeryville or Richmond, there is the fact that doing these trips by car allows me to spend time with my sister. Nobody else in my family is in a position to do so, and I know these visits mean a whole lot to her.
Now I hope that I can put aside all of the caffeine I ingested today to stay alert while driving home and get something approaching a proper night's sleep so I can be back at work tomorrow morning. We're going to be shorthanded for the next few days, so I'll need my full attention.