Different River

”You can never step in the same river twice.” –Heraclitus

May 30, 2005

One Reason I Miss California

Filed under: — Different River @ 5:22 pm

I grew up in California, which is one of the most geographically diverse and beautiful places in the world. Here’s another reason why I miss it:

A snowy winter and a spring thaw has caused waterfalls to spring up around California. (ABCNEWS)

California Thaw Yields Spectacular Waterfalls

Long, Snowy Winter Fuels Nearly Unprecedented Spring Cascades Down Mountainsides

By Brian Rooney

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif., May 28, 2005 — After a long and snowy winter, the spring thaw has brought a bloom of waterfalls to the mountains of California unlike anything seen for many years.

Waterfalls cascade for hundreds of feet, zig-zag down mountain faces, and explode at the bottom in clouds of mist.

Chris Shaffer, a nature writer, has spent years seeking out hidden waterfalls, compiled into his book, “A Definitive Guide to Waterfalls of Southern and Central California.” He said there are as many as 100 waterfalls running hard right now that typically are dry in a normal rain year.

“They talk about the 100-year bloom of the flowers,” Shaffer said. “Well, this could be the 100-year power of these waterfalls. They’re flowing at a force right now that we may not see again for several decades.”

Of course, if my schedule were as chaotic in my hypothetical life there as it is in my actual life here, I wouldn’t have time to see that stuff anyway. And, unfortunately, I’ve never actually been to Yosemite. :-(

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