Green = good

22 07 2020

That looks lovely, right?! That’s nearly all of San Miguel County – McKenna Peak is outside the basin’s eastern boundary – under wonderful green, which in radar terms, of course, means RAIN.

Except that it wasn’t actually raining when I took this screenshot (around quarter after 8 a.m.). The heavens had leaked a little a little while earlier, but someone fixed (!) the leak. (Note to someone: We’re really OK with that kind of leak … and it could rip right open … really!)

We are so hopeful, and we need it BADLY – GOODLY? … We need the goodness of it in a really bad way ’cause it’s really kinda bad dry out there.

Gold from the sky

12 05 2020


We did get some sprinkles yesterday in a couple of light waves, mostly in the evening.

It’s all welcome, and we’re grateful for even the smallest amount of moisture.

Welcome green on a computer screen

22 04 2020


Of course, there’s a bit of blue (snow) and red-and-yellow (heavy rain), too, but the moisture is what we’re concerned with, and it’s the moisture that lessens our considerable concern this early in the spring because of the *lack* of it for months and and months now.

Spring Creek Basin is mostly to the eastish and southeastish of the lowermost red-and-yellow blob. Some of it, yes, is not green-covered on the version of the weather map shown (KWTX Channel 10 is my parents’ news station in Central Texas, and it does feature an excellent radar map), but I’m confident that our our whole little region got a little bit of soothing drizzle for slightly more than a few minutes yesterday in the late afternoon.


There’s nothing quite as uplifting in the high desert, in spring, than the sight of sprinkles drizzling from the heavens and the scent of that divine wetness-on-dry-desert-sage permeating the air.


The above was typed around 4:30 or 5 p.m. Tuesday (yesterday).

The below, around 6:30ish p.m., kept happening:


We’re kinda happy on this Earth Day. πŸ™‚

Happy 50th anniversary to this official celebration of our Earth. We owe her everything.

Summer rain = running creek

5 08 2019

Piedra above Spring Creek

Piedra grazes above FLOWING Spring Creek.

Yes, we got rain, and yes, we are very happy. πŸ™‚ This isn’t the only creek flowing in Disappointment Valley after rain yesterday!


24 07 2019


If you said even a little prayer for rain in Southwest Colorado, thank you. Sincerely. πŸ™‚

We got a really good, soft, fairly long, wonderfully welcome shower yesterday evening. The ground is sighing in gratitude, and so are we all.

The light of the rain

10 10 2018

Disappointment Road double rainbow

Double rainbow over Spring Creek Basin from Disappointment Valley Road, looking southeast.

Disappointment Road double rainbow

Rainbow over Seven’s swale in Spring Creek Basin.

Disappointment Road double rainbow

The other end of the above rainbow. … It was INTENSE.

Sunset light on Temple Butte.

Temple Butte and McKenna Peak in the very last light of the post-storm day.

Glorious. πŸ™‚

Blessed are those who wait for rain

8 10 2018


We’re not the most patient lot … but we just might be the most grateful. πŸ™‚

Colorado Highway 141, across the top of the screen, runs across the broad, lower, northern end of Disappointment Valley. Southeast of the rightmost 141 marker and south of the open space in the green blob that is life-giving rain is Spring Creek Basin. The rain has fallen fairly steadily with small breaks since Saturday mid-afternoon.

The world as we know it is SOGGY. And it’s FABULOUS.

Lovely little walk

26 08 2018


Isn’t Spirit a gorgeous little girl? She IS little, and she’s just as sweet as she looks.

In good news, Disappointment Valley got a good dose of wet stuff yesterday evening. It wasn’t in the forecast, but it sure was a fabulous surprise!

On a low note

1 07 2018

Maia, Alegre and Houdini

A new month … a renewed hope for rain.

The month of June brought just 0.38 inch of rain to lower Disappointment Valley, and that was in just two rain events. Coincidentally, the single greatest amount of moisture in any one day all year (including snow) was 0.38 inch on April 8.

For the year … FOR THE YEAR … starting Jan. 1, we’ve received just 2.61 inches of moisture. (I record moisture (and the lack thereof) daily for Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow (CoCoRaHS), a network of volunteers who record moisture all across the country.)

Even with that wholly depressing, disheartening and disappointing number, it’s hard to articulate just how exceptionally dry it is. Disappointment Valley (the lower part of which cradles Spring Creek Basin) is in southern San Miguel and northern Dolores counties in Southwest Colorado. Montezuma County is the southwestern-most county in Colorado. Dolores County is immediately north of Montezuma, and San Miguel County is immediately north of Dolores County. We’re experiencing a D4-level drought – exceptional – and have been for at least the last several months. The U.S. Drought Monitor doesn’t list a category worse than D4.

The mustangs DO have water. I want to make that clear. One pond stillΒ is (barely) sparkling in the incessant sunshine (oh, to have the depression symptoms of Seattle-ites), and I’ve tracked some bands to a few scattered seeps that manage to recharge enough for the horses to drink at least a little over a long period of time (waiting … waiting …).

Everybody looks good (as I hope you see from these photos of the horses, which are posted here within days to a week or so of when they were taken), and other than the stress of struggling through high temperatures, neverending wind and gnats, dust and dry, every day, they’re doing all right. They’re mustangs, after all.

I’d be lying if I said I’m NOT praying every day for monsoons to finally hit us this year. I’m praying like their lives depend on it.

Belated Father’s Day wishes!

18 06 2018

Sundance; McKenna Peak and Temple Butte

Sundance. ‘Nuff said.

Those blue clouds above/beyond McKenna Peak (right) and Temple Butte (center) actually are rainy-type clouds, not smoke. They didn’t drop any more rain on us, but they kept the temps cool as the wind leached what remained of our moisture (no hiking shoes were made muddy (unfortunately) in the hiking to the location of this photo).


I did not forget Father’s Day; I just forgot to make it the subject of yesterday’s blog post!

Rain had me a little excited. πŸ™‚

Happy Father’s Day to all the great and wonderful and loving dads out there, especially mine! My dad is pretty cool. If I’d had the ability to choose, I couldn’t have chosen a better dad than mine. He’s pretty awesome. πŸ™‚ I love you, Dad!