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Sunday, September 23, 2007


That black "line" across the photo is my wind-
shield wiper, which I had to use today - for RAIN! It hasn't rained here in ages. It rained all of 0.12" today, and I was thrilled.

It is wonderfully clear after a rain. So I went to San Diego's Mission Trails Regional Park, a few miles north of my house. The photo below shows the view north of the visitor's center, down into Mission Gorge.

This next photo shows a section of the Old Mission Dam - built by the Native Indians under the supervision of the Franciscan Fathers.

Construction was completed between 1813-1816. It fell into disuse after the early 1830s due to constant flooding. It introduced a good water supply for agriculture and crops. The Franciscans of Mission San Diego de Alcala brought agriculture to the Indians in this area. Before that a main source of their diet was wild game, fish, and things like acorns. Efforts to build a dam had been tried as far back as 1775. This dam is a historical landmark, and was a frequent destination for San Diego picnickers in the early 1900s.

Water conservation is so important in California - as is the aqueduct system. On Labor Day when I stopped in Santa Nella, I also had occasion to drive over the present day aqueduct. This aqueduct is over 400 miles long.

(This video is 11 seconds long.)

No one who lives in California long, ever takes water for granted!


Anonymous said...

What a fabulous place to live!

gemoftheocean said...

Overall. Cost of housing is insane, but other than that, Mrs. Lincoln liked the play.

Anonymous said...

I just visited Mission Trails Regional Park last Saturday and also experienced the rain you mentioned. The place was amazing, you're lucky to live nearby.

gemoftheocean said...

Agree, Meidy - what was so terrific was that there was no haze whatsoever and each scrub brush, tree and plant stood out in sharp relief. I wasn't even particularly "discouraged" by the signs by the dam that said to keep your dog on a short leash, your kids in body armor, and "make lots of noise and watch out for rattlers and mountain lions[!]" Fortunately the damn is pretty close to the parking area!
I love the exhibits and I especially like that little library with the great view.

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