Over the reservoir and through the woods…
Saturday November 25th 2006, 6:11 pm
Filed under: Non-Knitting

…to Auntie’s house we go… Actually, she’s more a sister than an aunt, age-wise, we just call her Auntie when we want to tease her.

When we moved to California, she was thrilled to finally get to have some relatives nearby; she had us tour some houses up near her in the Santa Cruz mountains. It’s gorgeous up there in the redwoods. But for us, the commute would have been awful.

Tell us, what are those mini water towers we keep seeing there for?

The firetrucks can’t negotiate some of the switchback roads. The county required some places to have those after the big Lexington Reservoir fire. Did you notice how bare the hill was above the water?

Oh. What about the fault line? It’s right there, isn’t it?

We don’t worry about earthquakes! We’re Californians!


Her kids went to Loma Prieta school, and if that phrase rings a bell, it should. We went up there to help dig up and repair the breaks in the water line from her neighborhood’s tower to her house. The stories that came out of those mountains! The near misses, the lucky breaks, the people pitching in and helping each other recover.

It’s so beautiful up there, so peaceful in the trees. I love spending Thanksgiving up there with her family.

Every place has its joys and every place has its faults. In California, we just tend to name ours.

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