19 December 2010

A cheery walk in the rain with the Team, at least the ones that can still walk.


Sometimes during the storm you get a preview of what will happen. When the rain comes down, thanks to the righteousness of gravity, it feeds the spring so the groundwater seeps up. No matter which way you look, the water's gonna getcha. From sideways, the surf slams up against the cliff wall, knocks loose another boulder, and we wonder how much longer this old field has. In the summer, the springs dry sharp to a crisp, and one match could send the tinder up in seconds. But who cares about that now? Because right now, we are out here while the water's rising.


The flesh wall sits out there, exactly on the edge. Will be one of the first things to go over. It's been aerosoled in advance. Flesh. Someday, probably when the water's all the way up, a commodity. Dog, pony, and people. Anyone with skin.


I can't prove anything. I've never been good at separating fact from fiction. But since the day the flesh wall made it's announcement, we do take heed. Practice running fast. Keep our wits about us. Make sure we notice exactly what's going on around us.


Everything's more noticable on a rainy day. The wind and sea are just off the cliff edge from this spot. They go together and blow so loud that you cover your ears and it doesn't help. The sound's moves straight to your brain. You are exactly at the spot where the world ends. Step off the edge, and that's it. Only a sea that goes on forever. Or at least to Hawaii. Whichever comes first.

5 comments:

Mary said...

Went on trusty forest trail walk during a little lull in our 6 inches of rain today and met a nice and interesting neighbor named Vergil, call me Gil. Forest dropping its limbs (not flesh), parts of the trail now rushing streams to hop across. Ariel didn't even think twice about venturing down the steep bank to jump into the little pool of water at the bottom; stuck to the trail and we both gazed at the torrent below.

team small dog said...

You were brave to walk in your forest today!

Elf said...

I just found some cool photos comparing parts of the shoreline out there over shorter & longer timespans. See whether this link works for ya: http://books.google.com/books?id=htOfdIVsGIAC&pg=PA10&lpg=PA10&dq=compare+santa+cruz+shoreline+then+and+now&source=bl&ots=UlnHjP3gG7&sig=9OSVP1XfcDiEbQfjvG1ZHkQXEKQ&hl=en&ei=wecOTdn6DoG6sQPrnK3cAg&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=5&ved=0CDEQ6AEwBA#v=onepage&q&f=false

team small dog said...

Yes we love this book! The author teaches at the University and he is a geologist/historian of our coast. A good day is a day we can walk around to all these spots and visit the pieces that are left. So much has changed.

Elf said...

Good to know that you like it because I'm thinking my dad might like this book; he's already got a good start with his own photos from early '70s onward. Hmmm, wonder if he already has it?