As you might have heard, the state of Washington is currently on fire. As it so happens, the state of Washington is also where I currently live.
While flames have not directly threatened my family, countless others have been evacuated from their homes or lost them altogether.
The resulting smoke in the air has been suffocating. Even in cities miles from the fires, smoke chokes out residents as embers from burned trees fall from the sky. Flecks of white ash cover cars.
My family and I, desperate to escape the heavy blanket of smoke, packed up the car and left the state to find a place where we could breathe some clean, crisp air. We ended up at Priest Lake, deep in the forests of North Idaho. The first day was perfect. On the second day, though, we discovered that Idaho is on fire, too.
I only tell this story because there’s an important lesson to remember here about cars: