Sometimes life throws more curve balls... and maybe just because it's the year 2020?
Our Redondo Beach cleanup dive was a success thanks to Northwest Dive Club and other local PNW Divers. Redondo was actually looking so much better underwater than it has over the past couple years thank to diver's like Scuba Jess and LeAnne Livingston who have been cleaning more frequently. We gleaned a beautiful sunset, a couple of spiny dog fish shark visits, found a full beer with a tip, and lots of other diver shenanigans.
Afterwards, I headed back to my BFF Kathy's to decompress - literally and figuratively. Earlier in the week, the very first night on the west side of the state, I was up late trying to photograph the comet when I received a frantic call from my daughter informing me the neighbors work shed was on fire and the firefighters woke her to get inside our detached garage to shut-off the breaker box. Only before anything could really transpire the entire upper portion of our garage went up in flames as the fire spread. Luckily they were able to contain it there and thankfully nobody was injured. While the neighbor's house was damaged externally and another neighbor's fence, it was just the initial work shop and our detached garage the took the brunt of it. As a diver I cringed a bit when I learned they suspected batteries to be the blame. Ugh! We just can't leave these overnight!!
Sadly - everything we owned was stored in that garage as we traveled in our RV's. You name it, it was in there.
I headed back to Spokane the next morning and have been here working with my family to inventory and recreate the best we can what was stored in there. We had high hopes of salvaging a few things but after talking with insurance and the salvage company they educated us on the reality of what can and can not be salvaged. Basically if it wasn't burned, it was damaged by heat, water, foam, smoke or the fiberglass insulation that fell. We will be lucky to save a few tools and will try to have a couple of antiques evaluated - but at this point I'm not holding out hope.
I feel very fortunate to find a ton of photos still intact. While the outside of the albums burned the inside photos were wet but salvageable for the most part. We had some warm weather to dry them out (now they are all curly) and will eventually need to scan them all as they all smell noxious.
Starting to input the inventory into a spreadsheet the insurance adjuster provided. Can I just say PITA!! Oh, well.... we've been working for about a week now and probably have at least another week as we dig deeper upstairs where things are less recognizable, if at all. This is one cleanup I had never imagined on my route - but here it is!
Thank you to everyone for all sending me all your good vibes during this mess. Much appreciated... I feel the love. Thank you to all the divers that helped me through my first cleanup dive while I had some heavy thoughts I was pushing aside.
At the end of the day - it is just stuff! Lots of memories still intact...and nobody hurt!!
Next Stop IDAHO -
Jake's Scuba Adventures will be hosting a fun cleanup dive on Thursday August 13th at Beacon Point in Lake Coeur d'Alene. We are meeting at the site at 6:30 PM. Jake's always has an awesome turnout for these dives. Jake is planning to register this dive with Project Aware as well. I'm looking forward to it! If you are not a diver, you can still get involved. I think the family will be joining in their SUP and Kayak to help along the shoreline (it will be a nice break for all of us). If you are in the area - join us!
Here's to new beginnings!!
Cheers - Pam
Pamela Treischel is a SCUBA diving enthusiast, underwater photography hobbyist and Ambassador for the Inland Ocean Coalition. She is currently recovering from a mild traumatic brain injury.