With this year’s wet weather, I need to tell you that should you come upon the following signs, “Road Closed/Flooded,” believe it and do not enter.
Last Saturday we were returning from Chico and found ourselves on this road. We should have turned the car around, and if I had been driving, that surely would have happened. I wasn’t driving and we proceeded into the waters. We proceeded into the waters four times before we saw a large truck pulling a trailer coming towards us. It was at this time that I said, “stop the car, I’m serious, STOP THE CAR!” We had the truck driver roll down his window and asked him where he had come from. He had turned around, in fear that his trailer would be undermined by the rushing waters. I told him that, “we would be right behind him.”
It looked like an ocean around us and when we turned around, we looked up and could see the problem with the Oroville Dam. We were quite a long ways away but it was clear that there was a problem. We continued towards home and passed through many of the towns that were evacuated the very next day. I really have no good reason, that I can think of, for getting into that situation. I won’t be there again. It was stupid and I am partly to blame for my lack of stopping the car earlier. The water problems in California are very real and something that should not be taken lightly.
I’m glad we didn’t end up on the news, with helicopters saving us from the roof of our car. I’m always wondering how people get themselves into those situations. It’s easy to avoid, just stay home, evacuate if requested, and heed the signs.
It seems that when the valley gets to temperatures in the hundreds, my mind drifts off into thoughts of favorite water shots that I’ve taken in the past. There’s something almost cooling about them. With pictures being worth a thousand words, I tend to conjure up old memories of my favorite places too.
Reflection at Whitehawk Ranch
Even though the temperatures are high, these photos make me think about how cool it would be to dip my toes into any of these waters. Westlake Park sits on the west side of Santa Cruz and I spent countless hours playing there as a child. The Montage at Laguna Beach hosts magnificent views of the Pacific. Whitehawk Ranch holds a serenity that is very hard to find in many places these days. What are some of your coolest memories and do you have a favorite place you like to go to when things get a bit hot?
Last weekend, before the storm moved onto the land, we went into the bay area for a little distraction. We had lunch at The Green’s on Fort Mason in San Francisco. If you’ve never been; the food is always delicious, the view spectacular, and it is a peaceful place.
Point Bonita Lighthouse
On the way back across the bay we decided to stop to see Point Bonita Lighthouse at The Marin Headlands. We had tried once before but the tunnel that leads to the lighthouse was closed. I had remembered it being open until 4:00. We got there and the sign read; closed at 3:30. We had fifteen minutes to reach the lighthouse and grab a couple of photos.
Watching the Waves
Off we went. I was so happy that it was all downhill getting there. It’s a magnificent place. We must return on another beautiful day. The five-minute tour is just not enough time to take it all in. We took our time walking back up the hill, we met the lighthouse docents, and the view was amazing.
On the way to our Halloween engagement, we passed by the same area that I wrote about in my last blog. This photo was taken from the other side of Hwy 37. There were hundreds of tiny birds all resting and flocked together. They looked like a little bird island in the water. I need to return to this spot too, as I think a sunset here would be stunning. I do so love California’s Waterways.
Yesterday I was on my way to an appointment in San Rafael when I came upon this area. The air was perfectly still and the waters were reflecting the blue sky like a mirror. I was so taken with the sight that I decided to stop on my way back later in the day.
Cullinan Ranch Tidal Restoration, Hwy 37
I came back through a couple of hours later and it was windy and the waters were muddied up. It was so different then what I had viewed earlier, so I decided to return today with the hope that I could catch the same stillness in the air.
Three Egrets by the Landing
The wind was ever so slight this morning, but it doesn’t take much to stir the water. The view was nothing like the day before.
I was a little disappointed but then I saw a single crane and it was gracious enough to fly across the water for me. What a lovely sight.
Looking for Midmorning Snacks
It made me stop to reminisce about how I felt as a child when I would see something amazing for the very first time. Our lives are filled with wonderment every day. We just need to stop to take it all in. We all live in places that have beautiful surroundings. I hope you see something truly amazing this weekend.