Desert Storm in Borrego Springs

Steady rain for 6 hours brought all drainage and dry washes roaring back to life for a couple of days on August 25-26. A seasonal monsoon and Tropical Storm Ivo brought the summer rains. The first four images above were taken near San Pablo Avenue where the wash crosses County Road S3, one of the major roads entering Borrego Valley. This road was closed off and on for two days as was another to the left in the images as the same stream moved on to the lowest spot in the valley, the Borrego Sink. Several road closures, although temporary as sheets of water inundated the roads, meant I couldn't get home for several hours.

A major road closure occurred on Montezuma Grade (County Road S22) from rock falls and a major washout. That road is closed "indefinitely." For a time Borrego Springs was isolated with no open roads into the normally sleepy town. 

The last photo shows the sun peeking through the clouds and shining on Fonts Point. The small lake in the bottom of the photo is of the Borrego Sink, rarely seen with standing water. 

All totaled, in some places, the storm brought 3 to 4 inches in about 24 hours, as much as was received all of last year. the Desert Research Station recorded 1.85 inches (and 2.01 inches in July). If the area gets a few more, lighter, soaking, rain storms it could be a banner year for wildflowers.

We had no damage from the rains or flooding but areas north of us near the DeAnza Country Club were hit hard with flooding. The site bears the brunt of many a large storm. DeAnza sits at the intersection of two major drainages: Borrego Palm Canyon and Henderson Canyon.

This article from the San Diego Union Tribune has additional details about the storm.

Birthday Bash • August 24

We had a "meet up" to celebrate the summer birthdays. Pam's birthday was August 15th, Keith's is tomorrow, and Joan will have her birthday on September 4. Some swimming, soaking in the spa, chowing down on good food, opening gifts, chatting (but no chit chatting) ... a perfect day.

Suddenly our road trip was interrupted

We were driving merrily along on our way back to California from a short trip to Flagstaff when all of a sudden ...

We were smacked around a bit in our rental car as we were broadsided by a pickup truck making a U-turn from the side of the highway. Note the mirror was sheared off, the front door handle is missing, and the rear wheel is pointing in an odd direction. Everybody was fine, no (apparent) injuries, but the car was totaled. 

Insurance companies are working overtime to sort this out.

Let's Party Like It's 1913!

Are you with me? Tomorrow is the 100th Anniversary of the hottest temperature ever recorded anywhere.  The World Meteorological Organization's assessment is that the highest recorded surface temperature of 56.7 °C (134 °F) was measured on 10 July 1913 at 46 Greenland Ranch (Death Valley) CA USA.

What do you say we meet there tomorrow and celebrate the 100th Anniversary?

20 Feet From Stardom

Darlene Love, Lisa Fischer, Judith Hill,Tata Vega, Merry Clayton … all voices you've heard and know but probably wouldn't recognize them on the street. They are background singers that are the focus of a new film, 20 Feet From Stardom, released over the July 4th weekend.

Darlene Love, perhaps the best known, was the "voice" on the #1 Rock and Roll hit He's a Rebel. That song was produced by Phil Spector (yep, that Phil Spector) who credited it to The Crystals who had never heard the song. More recently Darlene has appeared for more than 25 years running to sing Christmas on Late Night with David Letterman. 

You might know Merry Clayton as a background singer for the Rolling Stones on Gimmie Shelter with that iconic wail "It's just a shot away … ". Judith Hill worked with Michael Jackson up until his death. And Lisa Fischer who toured with the Stones and Tina Turner. 

This is a nice, enjoyable film which probably won't be playing where you can catch World War Z or Monster U.  You'll need to look for it at a smaller neighborhood theater that specializes in indy and smaller release films.  Make the effort. If you love music run, don't walk to see it.

"He's a rebel and he'll never ever be any good/He's a rebel 'cause he never ever does what he should/Just because he doesn't do what everybody else does/That's no reason why we can't share a love"