Tuesday, February 6, 2018

birds gotta swim



This area is known for loads of rain, A given, Since I have been back it has rained 22 days in a row, non stop, all day all night, I lie, there was a twenty minute let up, mid day a few days ago, everyone lost their minds with joy! 


Chuckanut drive, the scenic road that should have never been built , due to instability and gravity, always has boulders crashing down on the road, mudslides, and washouts. It was built above cliffs that fall directly into the sound. A narrow  twisty curvy road that is absolutely breathtaking in it's beauty - loads of car commercials shot here. 
Loads of lives lost here as well.
I came close!
Early in the morning driving home from work I totaled my car on this drive and nearly went over the edge, bounced off of the guard rail, overcompensated -slammed into the rock hillside-bounced off of the boulders and back into the guard rail, like a pin ball wizard.
The road can be slippery.


Below, a biker on  the trail by my friend's house a  mile south of me.


usually these drift wood sculptures are high and dry in the artists yard. He commented that , good to use wood!




Everywhere sounds like a water fall, 
melting,  gushing, and wouldn't South Africa benefit from some of this? 
Balance is just another word...


On the road way, not a real waterfall, just rain runoff!
Oh, in case you were wondering "Chuckanut" comes from a native term for " long beach far from narrow entrance". I always thought it had something to do with squirrels, wrong, again...
and, follow up on Emily's fiance
He had to wait for his insurance to kick in at the first of February before he could be seen for his symptoms.
His death so easily could have been prevented had it not been for our system here, of "let them die!"

9 comments:

  1. Sometimes we contemplate moving back to the Great Pacific NW, but then we check the weather, or read your blog, and then we question our sanity. When we lived in West Seattle, sometime in the early 90's we had 99 straight days of rain. It was just gruesome. Maybe it will stop soon.

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    1. Visit in the summertime and then get out of here!!! Living expenses have sky rocketed. The weather is GRIM!! You are probably smart to have left!

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  3. When we have that much rain, such a mess. Water rushing down hill, from the top to the bottom of valley ridges. And hills built on ridges wash out. Emergency crews and park employees and road departments from all over working to save people, property and roads. But we seldom get that much rain..except about twice a year these last several years.

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    1. the weather here in the winter is usually hideous , depressing, soggy and dark. We ALWAYS forget! And Always folks say something like"it could be worse"....or "we will be grateful one day"...they are out of their minds!

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  4. ugh. rainy and cold and gray here too.

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    1. but you live in the south!!! this is not right!

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  5. Glad you're up on a hill. Just hope the hill doesn't decide to go for a slide. Glad you didn't end up in the bay when you went for a slide on Chuckanut. Weird, weird weather. We have May weather in February. Snow is all melted and the daffys are trying to climb out of the ground.

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    1. Must be warm there, Daffodils in February? Yes, good to be on dry land...for now!

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