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Re: [RC] rain in CA - Barbara McCrary

It's pouring buckets here on central coast CA about 4 hours' drive north of Betty. It's interesting how experiences from one's childhood are so indelible in the mind. My grandfather was an orchardist and my mother always used to say it often rained near the end of May, "just in time to crack the cherries." The skin of ripe cherries hanging on the tree will split when it rains on them. Also, we used to have a picnic with friends every Memorial Day, usually going to the beach nearby. I remember one year we had the picnic in our house because it rained so hard.
This isn't really all this unusual, at least not recently. We stopped managing Castle Rock ride (traditionally held on the third weekend in May) after the year 2000, in part because of rain. In the five or so years preceding 2001, the ride was rained out completely one time. We postponed it a month another time only to have the 24th of June be the hottest day in recorded history of this county...105 in the canyon where camp is and 115 on the chalk ridges. It was brutal! I think Julie Suhr said the first Castle Rock was snowed out, as it was held along the summit of the Santa Cruz Mts.
From the late 1960s through the 1990s, we just had a long dry spell in May.
We are grateful for the rain in one way because it extends the growing time of the grass.


----- Original Message ----- From: "Bette Lamore" <woa@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: "Nancy" <nancy@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Cc: "Ridecamp@Endurance. Net" <ridecamp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Sunday, May 21, 2006 2:24 PM
Subject: Re: [RC] rain in CA

Yes, it is pouring buckets on the Central Coast and Mark had just put in the swamp cooler and didn't worry about leaks. Huh!! I have 2 pots by the window sill and all my towels!! Who would have guessed!! I hope most of the farmers haven't baled yet or prices will soar even higher!! First gas prices?? Now rain???!!!
Bette, who is trying to figure out if I can remove the heavy swamp cooler in Mark's absence.....

Bette Lamore


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