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One of These Years is Not Like the Other…

I hiked at Almaden Quicksilver this morning, heading out to one of my favorite spring spots, a grassy oak grove just south of the Webb Canyon trail. (A photograph is posted below.) It felt like a nice mid-spring day with temperatures into the upper 70 degree range. The problem is that it is still winter.

During the past couple of years a mid-March hike would have involved slogging through or carefully finding a path around a lot of very wet and muddy areas. One spot near the start of today’s hike was nearly impassible near the end of the previous two winters. Today it was barely damp in the wettest spots.

While the new grass is beautiful (and turning the hills around here an improbable green as always) this is not going to be a flower-fillled or lush spring in central California. Unless we have a late March weather miracle, I’m afraid this is going to be a pretty dry year.


March 17, 2007 - Posted by | Commentary

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