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Raining like Cats and…

This past Thursday Denali and I were scheduled to make a 1.5 hour drive up to Vallejo to attend a dog show (attempting RAE3, leg #1). Departure time was to have been 6AM, putting us in the middle of the Bay Area Rush Hour traffic.

The weather forecast – one of the worst storms to be seen in some years was to start dumping rain and gusting up to 65 mph winds on some of the bridges, just about the time we’d be on the road. We have to cross the Carquinez Bridge to get there. I’ve crossed this bridge in “weather” before and it felt almost like being in the Dorothy’s spinning house in the eye of the tornado.

As much as I’d like to have been at the show, I opted not to make the trip. By 8:00AM, as I watched the rain pour and the wind whip it in sheets, I was glad I wasn’t out there. The news article below verified my decision. Of course, those in Santa Cruz viewed it as a water sport opportunity!

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Below are photos of the creek that runs next to our house. Normally this is a small stream, averaging about twelve to eighteen inches deep and six feet wide. You can see the bottom of the channel as it trickles along, barely moving. On Thursday it was more like fifteen feet deep, filling the channel which is about 35 feet wide. It was rushing at such a high speed that it made a thundering noise, audible from inside the house.

And it’s not stopping. Today another storm started around 4AM. Again we were slated to go to Vallejo. Again, we passed. Again, I was glad when it was still raining steadily at 8AM.

Perhaps Denali and I should be learning to surf instead!


One Response

  1. Kady says “I’m a Surfer Girl, I could do it!”

    It’s been pouring buckets here too. Our annual tracking test is next weekend and I think I’m going to need hip-waders to lay TDX tracks.

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