Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Saturated!

We get rain like Buffalo gets snow. It has rained pretty much every day for the last 13 days and there’s no let up in sight. The only good thing about this is that temperatures stay in the 40s, 50s and 60s day and night. Other than that it’s a pain in the ass. There are 6 big rivers in the area and all are at or near flood stage. It is nothing to worry about too much. This sort of thing happens a lot. I think it was last year or the year before that we had rain every day in the month of April except one.

This morning there was a landside that shut down Highway 101 at the ominously named “Confusion Hill”. The 101 is our only real link to The Bay Area. So many of our every day goods and services come up from The Bay area it is noticeable almost immediately when the road is shut down. Most newspaper stands are empty except for the 2 local dailys. Big chain grocery stores start to run out of dairy, meat and produce.

I can only imagine what it must have been like 100 years ago. At that time most goods came from The Bay Area just as they do today only they came by ship. As it is now there is regular dredging of the opening to The Humboldt Bay and it is still a treacherous crossing! I can imagine that there were months at a time when a ship couldn’t cross the bar. I wonder if I can find out how bad it was. To the Library!

1 comment:

Trissa said...

I like the perspective of comparing it to a long time ago. We are so used to having everything we need by just stopping by the store & forget what it must have been like. It will be interesting to hear what you find out!