Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Joys of Walking in the Rain

As I write this we are having a brief respite from the flash-boom thunderstorm right overhead. I know this is common for many of you, but for we in the Oakland Hills on the east side of San Francisco Bay, a few times a year occurrence. A smattering of hail on the ground, and no birds in sight. Earlier, when it was just windy and raining, birds were all over the place, a dozen or so trying to get on our cylindrical feeder with eight perches.

Our plan for today was a two hour hike, regardless of the weather, so this morning we put on our rain pants, packs, rain parkas, etc. I even put on my Seal Skinz waterproof socks. Our route was one of our favorites, the Heaven Hill & Pacific RR route  I blogged about earlier.

We had just donned the same gear a couple of days ago to go on the Kings Canyon Loop, a familiar local water district trail. On both of these trips there was rain, wind, mud .... and we had a whole lot of fun. There is a lot of in the moment stuff, small slides, water rushing down gutters, hillsides, normally dry creekbeds.

For example, dirt roads frequently have ant colonies, a hole, dirt scattered around, ants scurrying, no big deal. Well, they seem to do things differently during the wet season. There is a dam, an inch or two high, around the entire hole. When it is raining, the dam gets this sort of sponge like appearance, but no water gets in from the sides.

Just a few more shots to encourage you to take a walk in the rain.



3 comments:

  1. I'm house-sitting in Santa Cruz. I've done a couple of beach hikes in the last two days, mostly between downpours.

    The waves are huge and the water is brown from stream runoff.

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  2. I've been seeing some of it on the evening news. We were tempted to take our granddaughter over to Pacifica today, just to see the waves, but only got her at 2:45 so couldn't get there and back before the commute rush.

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  3. It is so much fun to take a hike in the rain but we should also take into consideration the risk of wet climb. Nothing is lost if we precaution, right?

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