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Water and the West

Mt Whitney from Alabama Hills
Mt Whitney from Alabama Hills near Lone Pine - Eastern California

We do not celebrate the Spring holidays. I do look forward to the seasonal rebirth during spring. But without family near by, it is another holiday that goes by the wayside for us.

I did succumb the influence of food advertising for Easter and made a lamb roast on Wednesday. It was so good. I also made a potato gratin and steamed fresh green beans. G does not eat lamb so I bought a nice piece of fresh Alaska Halibut for him.

Saturday was nice. The sun was shining and the temperatures warmed up. It almost got to 60 degrees. We got out into the garden and did some weeding and mulching. But unpredictable Seattle weather took revenge on us and this morning was dark and rainy. Not a typical drizzle but rain. Sunrise services and easter egg hunts planned for Sunday were rained out.

We drove down in the miserable rain to the Seattle Center to see a very good IMAX film - Grand Canyon Adventure. It was lovely to escape to the desert for a half hour. I've been fascinated by the politic of water here in the west. My parents lived and worked in Eastern California before they married. They remembered the old timers telling tales of the lushness of Owens Valley before Los Angeles bought up the water rights and turned the valley into a desert.

The book "Cadillac Desert" written in 1986 is one of my favorite non-fiction books. He detailed the battles and challenges for the Colorado River over 20 years ago before global warming. So much that he wrote about is coming true today.

But the river is powerful and the results of years are beautiful. I've visited the canyon twice and I still want to go back. One day we hope to either hike or raft the canyon.

Comments (1)

Kathy (Trekcapri):

Beautiful photo! One day, my friends and I would to hike Whitney too.

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