The cedar trees were bent over pretty well in some stiff winds before the rain and snow moved in.
I know the feeling.
Same, cedars! Same. Bend, but don’t break.
But that’s a lot of bending. It’s been a long couple of weeks.
A day off, or five, would be nice. But not yet. “…miles to go before I sleep,” and all of that jazz.
Wait – did I say “snow?” Don’t I live in Los Angeles? Like, in the city, not up in the mountains?
Yes, and we didn’t get any snow here. (Yet.) We’re at 1,078 feet elevation and it’s only predicted to get “below 2,000 feet.” Which means that the Grapevine on I-5 (4,160′) going up to NorCal will be a mess, as will the I-15 (3,776′) headed out to Las Vegas. In addition, we all know that the San Gabriel mountains here in LA County go up to well over 10,000′, so there’s snow there all the time in the winter. (People are often amazed that there are ski resorts within a 60-90 minute drive of downtown LA.)
Remember Mount Wilson and the cameras we watched last summer with the brush fires there?
(Image from the HPWREN cameras on Mount Wilson, run by UC San Diego.)
It’s a freakin’ winter wonderland up there.
But closer to home? Places where you don’t normally get snow that often, maybe once a decade or less? Like, Malibu? You know, going through the Santa Monica Mountains between the San Fernando Valley (where I am) and the beach (where Malibu and Pepperdine University are)?
The tallest peak in Calabasas is 2,163′ and the tallest in the Santa Monicas is out in Ventura County at 3,114′. There are the canyon roads that run through there – twisty, turny, two lanes, can be fun, can be a nightmare if there’s an accident or landslide or rocks in the road or a brush fire? Topanga Canyon? Malibu Canyon? A bunch of those roads at their peaks go over 2,000’…
I would love to stay up all night to see if we get a dusting here so that I could go out in the yard and make a two-inch tall snowman – but I’m going to collapse and get some sleep instead.