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Dry River   Leave a comment

There was a story on TV a night or two ago, in which the Investigative Reporter delved into the question of why there was so little water in the river.  The answer (duh!) was that there was a drought on, and there was very little water to be had.  The Powers That Be added that it was going to get even dryer.

It certainly is low.

The only good thing about this is that it gives riders more places to explore.  If you look very closely, you will see two specks in the distance.  These are two old friends, the Husteads, to whom I’d just been talking.

They were riding in sand still damp from the river’s flow.

The biggest problem with the dry spell will be from all of the young vegetation that has grown up in the wet years.  It will die back as the drought deepens, and that will mean the fire danger will grow.  It’s been years since we’ve seen the river bottom burn, and it’s not something anyone would want to see again.  Here are some scenes from the ’07 fire; one of several we’ve watched over the years.

The river was dry then, too.  The only good thing about looking at these pictures is that the willows come back so quickly.  Five years later, you would never know there’d been a fire.  Of course, we’ve had a couple of nice wet years since then.

We’ll hope for luck with the firestarters (vandals and the homeless) and a wet winter to come.

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Posted July 20, 2012 by stablewoman in Kern River, Weather