We got walloped by another major rain storm yesterday, which continued into today. There was a break this afternoon, from around 3-5pm, but now it's BAAACCKKKK!! Our local forecasters seemed to have downplayed this one, and now several hundred of those poor folks in the burn areas in LA County are either out of house and home due to mudslides, or have been forced to evacuate. Evacuation is critical under these circumstances, but I can feel the homeowners' frustrations. The last storm was actually worse in terms of rainfall totals. During storm #1, many residents were forced to leave their homes by edict but, in the end, nothing happened. This time around, however, most of the residents seemed to be caught off guard. By all predictions, this current storm wasn't supposed to dump the 4+ inches that it has dumped so far and, to date, more than 43 homes have been damaged by mudslides and 800 homes evacuated in the areas of La Crescenta, Altadena, La Canada, and Acton.
In our neck of the woods, a portion of the Ortega Highway (State Route 74 from Lake Elsinore to Orange County) has been washed out and the westbound lanes closed.
So now, I'm sequestered indoors, with not much to do except putter on the computer. In the process of scanning & uploading some of my old pictures onto SmugMug, I waxed nostalgic over some of our bygone trips to the California deserts.
In our heyday, Gilbert and I were certifiable desert rats, and one of our fav destinations was the East Mojave National Preserve. Why? Peace and serenity, without the hordes of seasonal tourists, goths or meth heads.
Here is a retrospective of our past travels to the East Mojave:
10/4/1997 My sister, Elaine ("EE") and I at Hole-in-the-Wall (in our younger & skinnier days).
by 50+MPH winds the night before. For the full story, go to http://camissonia.smugmug.com/Travel/East-Mojave-National-Preserve/620172_NLBPG#750992954_KjSVU