I’ve spent the last few years complaining about the drought because droughts are terrible and have horrible consequences for the environment and economy and our ability to, you know, use water, but the actual experience of the drought was rather nice. We were able to get out and ride all winter and keep up with lessons and conditioning.
This winter, on the other hand, has been a series of epic rainfalls. I’m fortunate in that my barn hasn’t been flooded like Fig’s and I haven’t had to flee my house to avoid a potential dam collapse. But I am very concerned. There are lots of mudslides in the area near my barn, the pond at our park has flooded, and our arena has formed a spring/sinkhole.A few weeks ago a small depression in the arena showed up. The barn owners thought they’d just fill it in with some dirt and we’d be fine. Well, it turns out it’s a spring and it’s flooding the arena even when it’s not raining. There’s never been a spring there and no one knows where it’s coming from. The depression also appears to be growing so it might be a sinkhole. In order to get our trailer out, we need to drive through the arena so our trailer is trapped for the time being.
We can’t ride since everything is either mud or flooded or it’s pouring rain. And I’m sorry if I’m complaining a lot, but I’m already very, very over this and the rain is supposed to get worse this week.
On the positive side, Britt from House on a Hill sent me this amazing palomino mule Breyer. It’s perfect and has earned a place on my mantle with my other Nilla paraphernalia.
If you’re in California, stay safe this winter.