February 29, 2004 - Sunday
We've finally been getting some rain and
luckily, its been spread out enough so that the hills don't wash away.
On the other hand, the creek is silting up from all the sand washing down
stream. That could cause flooding if we have a "gully washer".
On Tuesday I re-built my burned weather
station. I enjoy tracking our weather events and posting the
website. Some of the locals enjoy it and it's my one "claim to fame" in
the Descanso area. The Union Tribune has been contacting me for
updates on flooding in the burned areas and I got my name in the paper on
Thursday. A one line quote but I said it with flair. ;-)
Friday was Catherine's birthday and being an
outdoors kind of women, she wanted to climb up Mount Cuyamaca to check out
some of the fire damage. Over the years we've been following the
growth of the "one-of-a-kind" Cuyamaca Cypress which only grow in that area.
It's a small grove of about 50 trees that have been on the endangered list.
Unfortunately, none survived.
From our house it is only a four mile round
trip though the terrain is steep and the weather was rainy. While
Catherine is the outdoor person, I'm the gadget geek so of course, had my
GPS devise with me.
Our stats: Total Time 4:25 min, Stopped Time:
1:49 min, Moving Time: 2:36 min, Moving Average: 1.5 MPH, Overall Average .9
MPH. I suppose I could post a little map showing our path but gee, I
wouldn't want to sound obsessive (wink, wink, nudge nudge). Instead,
here's a picture of Catherine and some of the burned trees.