Saturday, March 22, 2008
California Green 2: Water
The state of California dodged a bullet this winter with rains that managed to erase three years of drought.
If these rains hadn't arrived this year, California would be looking at even more insurmountable problems than it already faces from its mushrooming population.
What surprised me most was the whining, from people who should know better, about how miserable they were from all the rain throughout the winter when in truth we should all have been bowing down and performing ritualistic dances for the rain gods who were blessing us with their bounty.
The train ride through the Salinas Valley, which usually looks brown and parched, was one of the most extraordinarily beautiful landscape vistas I've ever witnessed.
Just when you thought it couldn't get any more psychedelically green...
...the train traversed the Cuesta Grade between Atascadero and San Luis Obispo...
...where the state flower had run amok on the hillsides.
Even better, my mother was recovering beautifully from surgery and the world felt renewed.