Simple Gifts

I believe I live in one of the most beautiful places in the world; the Snoqualmie Valley. I get to see amazing things everyday. It's time to celebrate that. (You can view pictures in larger format by clicking on them)

Thursday, November 09, 2006


We got over 12 inches (30 cm) of rain in 6 days in the Snoqualmie Valley (November 2 - 7). The higher you went into the mountains the greater the rainfall. It was the first time I've worried about my home flooding. According to the experts it's not in the flood plain but I live about 500ft (200 m) away. About a mile down river from my house people were evacuated as the river went over the levy. For a short while people in my neighborhood were stranded, because the only road in flooded. It was amazing, how quickly they got culverts cleared and the road opened. Voting on Tuesday was unique. There were *lots* of people there in spite of the condition. More people then normal because other polling places have been flooded out. And there were signs on the wall telling where they needed people to help sandbag. So many people, throughout the region were impacted

The rain has slowed down and I finally got out to take pictures. I wish I could have gotten out earlier but it was too dark and stormy or I was dealing with the consequences of the flooding. One of the things that really struck me was all the mud. All those poor people dealing with mud, mud and more mud. People are amazing. Most businesses were re-opening. The other thing that caught me was the beauty in the midst of the damage.

Local business, open and digging out.
Many parking lots were closed.
(Did I mention mud?)

The middle school

Elk head to high ground
(Near the middle school)


The river was so cloudy. Branches and entire trees were still floating down. Along the banks were broken trees and debris (including a large mirror)

I ran out of daylight, camera batteries and accessible road I was relieved to see the horses and llamas safe

(Don't forget you can click on a photo to see it larger)


Blogger Eliza said...

Wow--thanks for taking the photos & sharing. It's pretty amazing to see what nature can do when it gets going! Are things worse today with all the wind & rain?

1:44 PM  

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