February 16, 2014
It’s remarkable what a difference a couple of weeks makes. A little more than two weeks ago, I sat in the Bootjack Picnic Area with my coffee and laptop, relaxing after a loop around some trails, lamenting the quiet. Most Januaries, the sound of water can be heard in the creeks and brooks on Mt. Tam. That afternoon, there was only silence and many of the creeks were either dry or a mere trickle. There was even a severe fire danger alert in effect throughout the park. More than twenty inches of rain from last weekend’s storm changed that and the change is stunning. Cataract Creek between Laurel Dell and Alpine Lake is especially wonderful as the waterfalls and cascades are renewed. Fresh grasses and wildflower sprouts are finally beginning to replace the brown dead growth. Get out there and revel in this soon because the forecast looks to be on the dry side…and don’t forget, in spite of the recent rain and snowpack in the Sierras, we are still in a drought.