Jack Frost rides in, Winter is here!

Sister Moon was hanging high and bright when I went outside this morning.

I went outside in time to catch the moon sinking into the west the other morning.

 

Peering down through rainbow clouds, the moon lights up our bedraggled garden, a loofah hanging there waiting to be picked.

She lingered over our garden.

 

I think the sun will burn these away today, and then we're in trouble.

As the sun charged up in the east, driving the clouds like cattle…

 

Winking her way west.

the moon wrapped up in her dressing gown and went to bed.

Gotta love this Northern California weather.  Weatherman said we’d have two big storms, one right after the other.  He warned us that as bad as the first storm might seem, it would not be as bad as the second storm. We got ready, and good for  that, cause we woke up to a tiny stream winding it’s way down our driveway.  Our yard was a series of puddles and slick walkways. Inside the house, we listened to the solid drip-drip-drip of our rain gutter that turned into a Buddy Rich solo whenever the storm really started howling.

Whenever the rain would wind down a little, we’d get the dogs in the car and look for a good place to go for a walk.

Friday we took the dogs to the disc golf course at Five Mile. Lindo Channel was threatening to take it all right back to Nature.

Thursday we took the dogs to Verbena Fields. Lindo Channel was threatening to take it all right back to Nature.

Verbena Fields is a former gravel mine that was rehabilitated with native plants, natural waterways for enhanced flood control and pathways with those signs that tell you stuff. When it first opened a few years back, it was heavily impacted – one of the more dog-friendly parks around town.  It was hard to find a time when we could have some peace and take a stroll without the constant fear of dogs not getting along.  We ignored it for a while. A few months ago, we noticed it’s become more of a neighborhood park. It’s open, you  can see down the path and take another route if you want to avoid others. While it’s pretty hot and dry in Summer, the rest of the year it’s very friendly. You can watch the seasons there – right now the place is alive with vernal ponds and winter flowering plants.

Another nice open place with a variety of trails is the Five Mile Rec Area.  Friday the sun came out and we were curious to see how Lindo Channel was looking, so we headed over to the disc golf course that runs along between the playgrounds and ball fields and the channel.

This disc basket could easily become an island with another day's downpour.

This disc basket could easily have become an island with another day’s downpour.

A little farther upstream we could hear the roar of water coming through a sluice.

 

It's not just the rain but the snow that was melted by the rain.

It’s not just the rain but the snow that was melted by the rain.

It was a warm storm, certainly, and the rain levels went up, melting all that nice snow that fell earlier.  But it didn’t stay warm for long.

As soon as the rain stopped, Jack Frost rode in.

As soon as the rain stopped, Jack Frost rode in.

Low yesterday was 29, today 27. Tomorrow they say maybe 26!

I don’t know what to say, but, again, gotta love this Northern California weather! 

 

 

 

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