Midsummer Wanderlust Enhances Drought Awareness

If you're like me, you still get that childhood urge to "go outside and play!"  Wanna do something about it?  Let's go!

 Recently, sparked by a need to pick up our grandsons from one summer camp and transport them to another, my husband and I took a weekend journey to Shaver Lake.  Located in the high sierras, this hidden gem of a redwood forest retreat overflows with summertime activities bound to whet your appetite for more. There is a marina where you can rent boats for fishing; expansive campgrounds for tent and RV camping, and if you prefer the luxury of indoors in nature's great outdoors, rental cabins are available. The smell of pine mixed with that of eucalyptus sharpens the senses. Hiking trails abound. A restaurant with a full-service bar beckoned after we dropped our precious cargo off at their designated campground, and we enjoyed some quiet senior playtime with the locals. All said, this would have been a perfect setting except for one thing: the D-word is alive and well here, and it spells D-R-O-U-G-H-T.

Yes, the lake and its inhabitants are severely compromised by the lack of water. Missing was the  rush of water cascading from the nearby gigantic dams.  Even the ferry boat that transported folks across the water was inoperable: not enough water to float the kids to their campsites!  In all of his 60-odd years of camping at or near this lake, my husband had never witnessed such a lack of water. We deducted that since this was a Southern California Edison water site, that part of the state will soon feel the effects of this serious drought.  And, once that happens, we will all feel it.

Local signs tell us that many residents and businesses are contributing to our urgent need to minimize our water usage. Even I, accustomed to long showers and an abundance of running water, have begun to conserve. Like the urge to play outdoors never leaves us, the urge to conform based on our human connectedness still prevails.