It’s important to get away from the boat time to time, in order to get your mind out of the preparations. Tom was kind to take us to the beach for one day. We enjoyed warm sunny weather. The water was fairly warm and there were few good size waves as well. Tom had “buggy” boards with him and he gave us beginners’ lessons for surfing.
Tom showed us how to digg sand crabs from the ground.

Tom showed us how to digg sand crabs from the ground.

The day was perfect until we noticed smoke above Santa Barbara. The wind direction had changed and got very strong. The old bush fire that was almost gone down, built up again. We only could watch it from the distance. It looked very  sceary. The next day we heard that Tom’s fellow firemen had been hurt in the fire. It is incredible hard and dangerous work these brave men have to do. Unfortunately, bush fires are very common here.
First it was just a light stream of smoke. In few hours it had changed into this.

First it was just a light stream of smoke. In few hours it had changed into this.

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