Until now, I would never consider writing a blog entry about water falling from the sky. Spending an especially dry summer season amongst the evergreens, however, has changed my stance in that regard.
Today is the first day of Fall...and it is raining. FINALLY! In fact, if the forecast is to be believed, we will see over two inches of the wet stuff before the day ends and even more through Monday of next week. Hopefully this moisture will end some or maybe all of the forest use restrictions that have been put in place to prevent wildfires.
Summers along the south Oregon coast are normally fairly dry, but the rainless season this year has followed an unusual dry winter and spring. Hopefully, today will begin a period of recovery from the extraordinary dangerous dry conditions. We'll see.
Even before we began hearing the pitter-patter of raindrops on our little rolling home this morning, we made the decision to forgo our annual pilgrimage to the Arizona desert this winter. We plan to spend the winter season in Port Orford this year.
We have spent the last three winters in desert brown. It was time to make a change. We have stayed on the southern Oregon coast for two winter seasons previously. This area is called the "banana belt" of the Pacific Northwest for good reason. Although wet, with a normal annual rainfall of around 72 inches, winter temperatures are fairly moderate with day and night averages only about ten degrees lower than those of summer.
As strange as it might seem, I actually enjoy the strong Pacific storms that frequent the north coast during most winters. The hurricane strength winds and torrential horizontal rain along the nearby headlands are exciting to watch. Huge ocean waves blasting shoreline rocks and cliffs provide awesome photo opportunities that I have missed during the past three seasons. Unless they fail to form, I won't miss them this year.
I finally managed to put some fine Chinook salmon meat on the table last Thursday. Several hours of trolling on the Coquille River with my Port Orford friend Harry gave me the opportunity to land a very nice 28# female salmon. The fish was obviously fresh from the ocean and was very tasty on the dinner plate that evening. In fact, Juanita vacuum packed enough in the freezer for six more meals.
Several wind free days this week have allowed me to make more flights with the new DJI Phantom 2 Vision quadcopter that I have named Komodo after my favorite Starbucks coffee, Komodo Dragon. I made a few still photographs from the aerial platform during these flights.
We are looking forward to the rainy days ahead. Juanita is happily working away on her various quilting projects, the Beagles are quietly snoring away in their daybeds, and I am busy with assorted hobby projects. With fresh water beginning to flow in local rivers, I will join Harry for another salmon fishing trip tomorrow morning. Hopefully more fresh Chinook salmon will be added to the freezer.
More to come soon...........................
Morning update 9/24.....As of 7 AM PDT we have received 3.9" of rain in the current storm. We exceeded the forecast...how about that? Time to go fishing!!!