Interesting that I wrote this more than 10 years ago, just publishing for the first time today and adding the current year's date. California will remember the winter of 2017.
We've all heard the old adage about when life gives you lemons.
The same can be said about California waters. Dry winters of little rain or snow translate into lackluster springs. The early browning of grasses across mountains and valleys; a mere window of time between the chill of winter and the fire of summer. In other words, no lemonade.
But in winters of plenty: Plenty of snow, plenty of rain and plenty of cold, that's a lemonade year.
While Californians pine and moan about the winter weather, I say, "Go live where they actually have winter weather! Places like South Dakota or Minnesota. Our winters of plenty--such as 2017--translate into a spring exploding with wildflowers from the hottest desert valleys to the coldest mountain peak. Our winters of plenty mean landscapes of wildflower eye candy.
Thank you Mother Nature for a winter abundant with lemons and a spring overflowing with lemonade.
If my Subaru can't get me there,
that's a good reason not to go!