As I write this, it actually IS NOT RAINING! I haven't been able to say that in a while.
Our main road to Placerville, Highway 193, is now closed indefinitely, due to a landslide which has undermined the roadbed, and trees that are about to topple.
In spite of all the problems, I can't help but enjoy the sight of the swollen, muddy river and the many waterfalls tumbling down the east side across the river. I thought I would share photos I took yesterday morning from our front porch in Kelsey, which overlooks the South Fork of the American River.
Doo, doo, doo, looking out my FRONT door... Yes, we still have Christmas lights up on our front porch. My hubby likes them because it has been so darn dark around here with all the storms. So they add a bit of brightness to our evenings, and besides, only the people across the river can see them anyway.
Above is the river to the south, as it makes its way around the corner coming from Chili Bar.
This is the river heading northeast toward Coloma.
A closer up look at a few of the waterfalls coming down the other side of the river. There are probably some going down on our side also, as we have a seasonal creek which flows close to and under our driveway and on towards the river.
The river is way higher than it is normally, and it usually isn't that muddy color. There is a beach on the left which is inundated, and trees growing out of the water.
This photo above was taken standing at the top of the porch stairs and looking directly west across the river. There is a waterfall there, which you can barely see, so below is a closer look.
Below us and a bit northwest is the river as it heads around a bend toward Coloma.
I guess the daffodils are happy. Nothing seems to faze them, bring on the rain.
Another shot closer up of the river as it heads toward the Coloma valley, which has had its share of flooding with these storms.
The hills above the river on the right will be covered with California poppies before too long, if the rains will allow it!
I haven't seen any rafters, but the kayakers still are out on the river, in spite of, or because of, the fast flowing waters!
Maybe I should change my Creedence Clearwater song from Looking Out My Back Door, to...
... Oh Lord, Stuck in KELSEY again! (Except I really don't mind being stuck here...)