Farewell to Paradise (A cat rescuers homage)

Edge of the Ridge Paradise California June 15 2019

June 15, 2019, Paradise California. Transfer Station.

It is well past midnight in Paradise California, Butte County. Seven months after the Camp Fire (aka campfire) changed lives and altered landscape forever.

Paradise California June 15 2019
Paradise California feeding station, cat trapping location. Photo by Elizabeth Whitener 2019

PRR (Pet Rescue and Reunification) and FieldHaven Feline Center, have trapped their very last cat for this specific mission.

The Transfer Station, will soon close.

Transfer Station Paradise California
The Transfer Station in Paradise California Temporary cat shelter during the Camp Fire rescue mission in Paradise

More than 600 cats saved in Paradise and Magalia, and still so many out there needing rescue, but the time has come to leave this mission to new hands.

Together in Paradise

Time and circumstance have led us here, to the final kittie round up.

We learned so very much.

Together, with strangers turned friends, I’ve shed tears of joy and sorrow.

Burned out ruins near a cat feeding station in Paradise California
Burned out ruins near a cat feeding station in Paradise California

Living a “Nomadic” life, I have experienced a lot in these past two years. I have personally grown as a rescuer and as a human being in the residue of this tragedy. I gained a new travel companion, along the way.

These hills, strewn with debris and melted cars, will slowly alter and life will prosper.

Life abounds amongst the burned out rubble.

Edge of the Ridge Paradise California June 15 2019
Edge of the Ridge Paradise California June 15 2019

The Earth greens into rebirth despite the sorrows that lay beneath the ashes.

Paradise California Camp Fire excavated burn zone
Sunset on the ridge on land excavated and preparing to rebuild Paradise California. Photo by Elizabeth Whitener Rootless Routes June 2019

Paradise, Magalia and Concow may never be the same, but the will is strong here to rebuild. The sense of renewal is palpable.

To some it may just be a bunch of cats, but to many here, it is the sign of hope.

Image by Forever Friday Design Paradise California
Image by Forever Friday Design Paradise California

Over 600 cats rescued, easily thousands of cats, if all combined rescues are accounted for… and I was a part of it. Just a small part… but part of it nevertheless.

Stay Strong Paradise and Magalia. The sun will continue to rise.

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I was born with a gypsy heart. I have been wheeling & dealing my way through life, from as far back as I can recall. I have been referred to as a Maverick, more times than I can count. I am not quite sure, that I feel comfortable with that term. By trade I am a Tinker, Talent Scout & Technical Consultant. My tinker side curates vintage treasures. By blood I am a second generation American, Russian Jew. My Mom likes to call me her Wandering Jew. I am an semi avid"Foodie", Vinophile, Frankophile, Vikingophile, obsessed with celtic history and oddly war strategy. I am an obsessive researcher of facts. Semi neurotic about eating clean, humanely raised, organically and locally grown food and have been dedicated to it for more than 20 years. I strive to one day build and own a fully off grid, self sustainable home but it looks like, I'm going traveling first. I started my first business when I was 6. But that story is a story for another day. I went to school for Sound Engineering in San Francisco, in the 80s; started promoting punk bands and touring them, and it became a fairly thriving business for me. I left San Francisco and the music business, to raise my son in Florida, near his Gramma. We miraculously lived there for 10 years. When he turned 13, we took a 3 month journey across the US, to discover a new place to live, that landed us in Austin, Texas. When my son turned 17, I left Texas for New England and took up residence in an 150+ year old textile mill, on the Blackstone River. He now lives in Portland, Oregon with his girlfriend and his best friend, working in the legal marijuana industry and touring with his band Rotting Slab. Until I put everything in storage, in order to travel. I consulted in the video game, tech and entertainment industry and ran two (2) shops on etsy. www.etsy.com/shop/RenegadeRevival . www.lightlysaucedretro.com Maybe some day the Januarymoon blog will be active, but currently my main blog is about my travels www.rootlessroutes.com. Thanks for visiting. *~Eli

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