The “whop whop whop” jolted us out of bed at 6 am. It was a helicopter dangling a rather large water bucket from a long rope.
We had just arrived in Oliver, British Columbia and settled into our RV park the day before, not realizing we were within yards of the airport. We knew fires burned nearby. We could see smoke rising in small puffs from a nearby mountain. That was where the helicopters were headed.
We were on a three-week RV trip to BC, Canada along the eastern side of the Cascades. Forest fires and smoke blanketed the area.
Helicopter in with water bucket. Stu poses at Bend's High Desert Museum.