What a nice change in weather direction! Rain! And lots of it. If you didn’t happen to catch my last post about the fire area and potential mud flows, not to mention my nod to John Muir and the San Gabriel Mountains, you might want to see the photos I shared HERE.
After two solid days of rain, the flooding and mud damage was well-contained, and from what I can tell, we should be very happy with rainfall totals. Ski areas have opened and everyone is enjoying the clean air. We need more of these storms, but for now, let’s be happy for what we did receive!
Our poor Zena was a little undone by the sound of thunder. Poor thing! It’s a good bet she’s never heard it before. It made me think we might do well to have some puppy Xanax on-hand before the 4th of July. Fireworks will undoubtedly be entirely too much for her.
Since I’m now enjoying a book about John Muir’s time in Southern California and in particular, his study of the San Gabriel Mountains, I’m feeling an itch to explore. I just couldn’t pass up the opportunity to take a little drive. Between storms, of course.
Six miles from my home–I clocked it–is the entrance to the Angeles National Forest with an easily navigable winding road up into the San Gabriels.
Before I was even on the mountain highway, I was treated to a private show.
I am surprised I saw this little guy, so nearly camouflaged in the brush. But then, before I moved on, brothers and sisters crossed the street right in front of me, and joined their sibling for some late afternoon munching.
In the words of four-year old Karina when she saw a family of deer last month, “Oh! My dream has come true!”
These are some of the animals I worry about when there isn’t enough water, or when the wildfires ravage the area, or when their habitat is threatened by human encroachment.
After a brief visit with these little guys, I just had to take a few minutes up above the city. Every once in a while I just need these views!
The next storm was coming and visibility wasn’t as clear as I might find another time, but it was quiet and peaceful. What more could I ask for?
I think you’ll be seeing more of these views. Next time I’m taking a picnic dinner…and of course, Jay can come along!
Weekend is over…on to a good week!