Country singer Luke Bryan said it best: “Start washin’ all our troubles down the drain. Rain is a good thing.”
I have no idea where my umbrella is and I’m still not too worried about it. I have searched under a few car seats and in a few closets. But I don’t want to jinx this wet spell by mounting an all out search for it.
It had been so long since I used the contraption it’s no wonder it went missing. I’ve been stuck in one downpour that plastered my shirt to my body and soaked my shoes and the bottoms of my pants legs. It’s been a long time since that happened.
It seems strange that in the same summer I wrote about how dry our rangeland had become that I would also complain about not being able to find an umbrella. But we do live in New Mexico, where the weather can change in a moment. It’s also not unusual for us to break a drought with extended tropical moisture.
So far around here the biggest problems that have been caused is a slow down in road construction. We’re getting to the point where more rain on saturated soil will make corn and peanut harvest pretty difficult, so a drying trend wouldn’t be bad for a few weeks. Then regular snows or rains starting in November and going through April would be nice.
While we haven’t been affected too much by the rains, video of flooding in other locations in New Mexico and Colorado have been nothing short of jaw-dropping.
Some of the flooding along the Pecos from Roswell to Carlsbad was impressive. I saw video of one bridge west of Roswell where I’ve never even seen a trickle of water that was raging.
Conchas Lake rose nine feet in a few days. Earlier this year recreation had all but shut down for lack of a boat ramp reaching the water.
Anyone who has ever traveled through the tight mountain canyons west of Boulder, Colo. can appreciate how serious things have been there just by watching the roaring streams and rivers. Being in some of those canyons made me uneasy in dry weather. You couldn’t give me a home along the Big Thompson.
Through the death, property loss, fear and anxiety this past week one video made me smile. The video started with a trio that were easily recognized as snowboarders preparing to leave a cabin in the mountains and ride to Boulder on their mountain bikes and one of the three on his unicycle. As they rode through the rain the video background music was “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head.”
They cycled through and around mud, rocks and debris alongside raging waters obviously enjoying the drama for what they said was 19 miles. Finally in Boulder they hook up with more shredders and turn a flooded park into a wakeboard paradise by using bungee jump bands and manpower to launch a brave rider across the water.
I may just have to take a page from these knarly dudes and if it keeps raining and I can’t find my umbrella I may just water ski the construction zone in downtown Portales behind a milk truck.
Karl Terry writes for Clovis Media Inc. Contact him at: