Monday, March 14, 2011
State of Emergency declared in Humboldt County
Most likely our sheriff, Mike Downey, and Governor Brown had the tsunami in mind when they declared the emergency. Their timing, however, cooincides perfectly with a very large landslide appearing on our ranch. Think I'll send off for one of them "forms". (Of course, we realize this isn't a real emergency in light of all the recent events, but perhaps the humor will lighten the load a bit. Lets continue to pray for all those with real emergencies, and share the load locally.)
The PROBLEM, starting at the top. (At the very top left you can see a much smaller "cliff". We discovered that one a few years ago while hiking with Boy Scouts.) The rest of the damage has opened up in only the last few days.
Where there was a long, steady, boring slope... much more interesting features are forming.
The road doesn't really line up anymore. Thankfully, you can't confuse water... the creek still flows downhill.
Actually, the entire slide is flowing downhill.
Amusing myself playing Indiana Jones on the old road surface. Hmmm, perhaps a tourist attraction? Some of the cracks were 10 to 15 feet deep.
So far the creek is hauling away whatever invades it's territory. Probably not too good for the fish and everything else that breathes underwater.
Some of us are more resistant to change than others. ( Or, perhaps like this tree, we only partially accept the change and divide our lives. Working short-term, perhaps, but some change is inevitable.) Meanwhile the resilience of the part of this tree which holds on in the wrenching of tragedy reminds me of some people I know. And today, the citizens of Japan.
at 9:18 AM