The dock posed a risk for catching embers because it is such a flat surface. There was also the risk that water level would drop significantly before we could return, putting the dock at risk for catching fire or becoming damaged in other ways. Before we got there, my Dad did the labor to move it out into the water and submerge portions of the dock to protect the wheels and other vulnerable parts in addition to putting it as deep as he could reasonably get it.

My photos of this are eery and still do not fully capture what it was like to stand there for a moment alone.

The Submarine Dock

These photos were some of the last I took before getting into the car and leaving. Ash was starting to rain down and the smoke was much thicker than just a few minutes earlier. We were aware that the fire had reached the other side of the lake, and needed to get out before the fire spread.

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