It was a Wild OneWoman in the Middle | August 30, 2013
I thought I would take a little break from vacation photos to tell you about the wild weather we had yesterday. Well, wild isn’t the right word. Maybe epic? Or mind-blowing? I think I like mind-blowing…..
Eldest Daughter had an appointment at her college campus in the big city next door. Being the wonderful mother that I am I acted as chauffeur to the appointment. We hopped on the freeway and got a couple of miles down the road when I saw something up ahead. Was it smoke? Was it a dust storm coming off our dry river bed? Nope, it was an incredible rain storm combined with wind so hard it blew a bunch of tumble weeds off a piece of property that was at least 20 feet lower than the freeway. What a mess! Traffic slowed to about 10 miles an hour. I finally decide that it would be better to get off the freeway in this freak storm and hit the surface streets. I went ahead and kept going to the appointment because, after all, freak storms of this nature usually only last 10 or 15 minutes before moving on.
Oh how wrong I was! I crept along the surface streets, sometimes not even being able to see the world around me the rain was so heavy. We finally got to the school and parked and then just sat there. While I have no problem with getting a little wet, this was a deluge. If we got out of the car and walked to the appointment we would have been dripping wet, as if someone had dunked us in a pool. I didn’t think the woman Eldest was meeting with would have appreciated us dripping all over her office. On top of that, the wild wind was ripping branches off of trees and I wasn’t relishing the idea of being killed by a falling tree branch.
Eldest finally just called the woman here appointment was with and talked to her on the phone, although that had its issues because the rain on the car roof was so loud it was hard to hear the person on the other end at times. In just the 15 minutes or so we sat there the college streets filled with water in an amazing fashion. We started for home, again creeping along with everyone else….There were palm fronds and branches everywhere. When we finally crossed the not so dry river again the rain had finally stopped. As we got closer and closer to home it got drier and drier….and it became obvious that the freak rain storm had parked over a pretty small area and it rained hardly a drip at my house. If we hadn’t tried to go to that appointment I would have had a hard time imagining that all that rain occurred just a few miles away!