High Water

It’s been a busy week and today I went to the opera (yes, opera) so no writing tonight.  Instead here are some pictures of the flooding near my office.  This is the Los Gatos Creek Trail that I often get to walk at lunch time.  Normally this is a lazy creek about nine feet wide and maybe three to five feet deep.  Here’s what it looked like last week:

I took the detour.  You'll see why in the next picture.

I took the detour. You’ll see why in the next picture.

The trail is wide to accommodate both walkers and bicycles.  This part of the trail is prone to flooding in winter – the signs aren’t lying.

Here’s a picture of the trail and creek from a high spot on the detour (I’m about ten feet above the water here):

The trail is in foreground - up to the chainlink fence.  I'd guess it's under five feet of water here.

The trail is in foreground – up to the chain link fence. I’d guess it’s under five feet of water here.

At this stage the creek river is about 50 feet wide and I’d guess a good 20 feet deep in the middle.  Given that there’s more rain due tomorrow, I won’t be walking this part of the trail until maybe April or May.

Till next week – stay dry,


About Andrew Reynolds

Born in California Did the school thing studying electronics, computers, release engineering and literary criticism. I worked in the high tech world doing software release engineering and am now retired. Then I got prostate cancer. Now I am a blogger and work in my wood shop doing scroll saw work and marquetry.
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24 Responses to High Water

  1. Wow. And my husband said, “Yeesh.”


  2. megdavisarts says:

    Another possible 8″ of rain expected in California. If a bearded dude with a big boat and a bunch of pets offers you a lift.. I’d take it if I were you. 😉


  3. My goodness, a bit frightening. Nice to get a break to get out and document it but do be careful Andrew.


  4. megdavisarts says:

    Glad you’re safe from any house damage in all that rain.
    Which opera did you see ?
    My favorite is”Aida” by Verdi.
    The first time I saw it was at the Baths of Carricula in Rome but I didn’t fully understand it until I saw a production in Cincinnati that included subtitles.


    • It’s a new one, “Silent Night” based on the 1914 WWI Christmas Eve truce. I don’t normally go to opera, but my wife is a big fan. Our local company normally does one ‘experimental,’ or newly written work each season. I like to see those. “Silent Night” is wonderful. Sung in three languages with a very interesting set design. I loved it.


  5. Looks familiar, Andrew. We’re pretty wet down here, too!


    • The whole state’s a bit soggy this week. This morning was a very wet drive to the office. I wasn’t so sure about parking the car in the underground garage today though.


  6. Allan G. Smorra says:

    You might want to carry a rubber ducky with you for good luck on your Noon walks.


  7. George says:

    That’s crazy…be safe.


  8. lifelessons says:

    Did you know I lived in Boulder Creek before moving to Mexico? I remember I had talked about Los Gatos with someone but didn’t remember it being you. I used to show my work in the Los Gatos Gallery..Stay dry, Andrew!!!


  9. PiedType says:

    Hope your house is on high ground. That water looks deep and dangerous. Stay safe!


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