No, not THAT D-word!! Not the DOGGIE word! I mean the other D-word.
I mean “Drought.”
Yes, our fine State has been declared to be in a drought state, and dad and I decided to take a hike to see how bad it was. In this picture we are on the trail to the lake, and you can see the trail that we still have to climb on the hills behind me. (See it? That thin line on the hill above my head? That’s where we are heading.)
Right away, as we started, we could tell that we were experiencing a drought. Just look at the grasses … so brown and dry. Normally, at this time of year, they would be lush and green. Normally, at this time of year, we couldn’t even make this hike because the trails would be closed due to mud.
But this year, in the middle of January, we had beautiful, warm, sunny days. The sky was a gorgeous deep blue. The temperature was in the mid-70s. There wasn’t a rain cloud in sight.
And that was the problem. It hasn’t rained in months! Oh, maybe a sprinkle or two, but a real good “raining purry-things-and-dogs” downpour? Nope – not in my recent memory!
The lack of rain really showed when we got to the lake. Here are two photos, comparing the lake level from last summer compared to last weekend. Look at the difference!
It was sad to see the water level so low, so very low. I wonder what would happen if it dried up all together? Would all the trees and grasses die? Would the birds fly away? Would the squirrels leave?
So be sure to save the water, gentle humans. There isn’t much of it there. And we need the water. We need it for cooking, and washing, and – most important of all – drinking! Especially for a very thirsty puppy after a very long and hot hike.