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I would like leaves to start turning to fall here please
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Hi! It’s still unbelievably smoky here. I didn’t even bike home last night, it was so gross - the morning ride was bad enough, breathing-wise, that I didn’t even want to chance it in the afternoon. Smoke is inconvenient and gross, but considering a good chunk of Oregon is on fire right now, I can’t complain too much - I just hope the stupendous men and women who sign up to be forest fire fighters all come out alive, and get the accolades and praise that they deserve, because that’s a hard-ass, super dangerous job.

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