Even though my car has air conditioning, I worried she would be stressed by my putting her in the hot car and waiting until it cooled down.
So I took some picnic ice packs I had in the freezer and laid some beneath the cage and laid some on top of them.
As I started to drive away, I noticed there was a large plume of smoke in the direction of the freeway. I knew the sign. Wildfire! I decided to not take the freeway and turned the car around to take the long way.
Seemed like traffic might have been diverted and other drivers had the same plan as me. Then, I got another look at that plume of smoke. It had tripled in size!
By that time the leaves from the trees were being blown into town. No way was I going to take a chance and get caught in traffic near all that, even with the air conditioning on. What if the car overheated? What if I had to get out, carry my cat and walk.
I pulled over and stopped, took a couple pictures, then went home.