Saturday, September 12, 2015
A cold front is moving through. Cool, dry air and a breeze. It's almost like an early Fall day.
My wife and I are going to dinner tonight, and then to a movie. We need to get out and do something different.
After the long summer tourist season, the little lake near the house is deserted today. For the first time in a good long while, I was able to walk the one mile trail around it without running into other people. From here until the leaf season starts in mid October, the mountains will be deserted. Then after October, half the population leaves and doesn't come back until early summer. The last two winters have been sub zero and many of the Floridians who used to stay part of the winter leave earlier now.
The creek is way up, because we've had so much rain this past week or so. There was a big thunderstorm last night, plenty of lightning and rolling thunder.
I watched it coming for a long time before it finally got over us. The lightning lit up the entire sky and the thunder echoes off the mountains.
We get some spectacular displays here.
There are crawdads and trout in the creek. I don't mess with them but if I ever had to, I could.
This water comes down out of the mountains, from the national forest. So there are no humans upstream to foul it.
If I were going to drink it, I'd still purify it though, as the little forest creatures probably add a certain "something" to the water.
This is about 300 yards from my porch. You can hear it roaring at night, listening to running water is soothing, somehow.
My brother is having his deer camp get together in the Sierra Nevadas this week. As the older guys die off, their sons take their father's places. He's been doing this for more than twenty years. When you count in wives and girlfriends, he usually hosts close to forty people for a full week. He has a big cabin with a guest house up there, but most of these guys brings RV's of one kind or other, this isn't the "roughing it" crowd. I could never do something like that, can you imagine the squabbling and all that goes on with a "tribe" like this?