Who Will Stop the Rain?

7 Apr


On days like this when the rain goes on and on, I wonder why people choose to live in a  rain forest.  This isn’t a nice, warm rain forest with jaguars, parrots and palm trees.  It’s a  gray land where frigid water falls from the sky and mud deepens with each day.   You have a green Christmas.  And Easter.  And Fourth of July.  This isn’t a warm, playful rain.  It’s serious rain with serious intentions.

If you have animals, they are under trees or shelter on some type of stone dust footing so they don’t disappear into the mud like their ice age ancestors did into the La Brae Tar Pits.

Ponds appear where no pond should be.  Like on the front lawn.  Today wind is tossing the torrents against my south-facing windows like some cosmic mop water being flung out the door.  I still need to clean my paddocks and stalls.  The horses are munching hay under cover, though being ponies, they’ll just go stand in the rain because they can.  With four inch long coats, the inner layer stays dry.  But no one would willingly pet a sopping wet pony who just rolled in the mud.  This is not a fluffy, cuddly rain.

I met someone who had moved here from North Dakota seeking a more temperate climate.  It was late December and had been raining since she arrived in fall.  She said she was always cold and wanted to know when the rain would stop.

That question usually results in a maniacal laugh by a native or naturalized citizen of the rain forest.  The answer is maybe July.  Maybe not.  Rain?  Stop?  Those words don’t go together.

This wild, beautiful land of flooding mountain rivers and mud-soaked lowlands, with giant evergreen trees and lawns that stay green in December, brings up mixed emotions even among those who love it.  “Rainbirds” head to Arizona in winter.  They come back to enjoy the few weeks of perfect weather that we all wait 9-11 months for.

So if you’d like to move to the Seattle area, I recommend south facing windows (to watch the rain), no houses on cliffs (google Whidbey Island landslide), an indoor arena if you have horses, indoor soccer if you want to play in winter, and lots and lots of waterproof clothes if your kids play softball.  Oh, and high ground to avoid flooding.  Shop for a house in winter so you know how much of your property will be covered by ponds and occupied by ducks in winter.

9 Responses to “Who Will Stop the Rain?”

  1. thecasualphilosopher April 7, 2013 at 1:29 pm #

    Most excellent advice on Seattle-area house hunting! Have visited a few times, never have lived there. Beautiful though. We camped in Olympia National Forest decades ago, and I quite clearly remember putting up the tent in what else? Rain! Love the duck photo.

    • A New Path April 7, 2013 at 2:35 pm #

      Thanks! It is beautiful country, just a bit cold and wet in winter 🙂 The ducks are called Big Duck and Fuzball– they were born here four years ago.

  2. Wedgwood in Seattle History April 7, 2013 at 4:53 pm #

    This is hilarious. You automatically are awarded “Seattle native” status when you can write this well about the rain!

  3. A New Path April 7, 2013 at 9:52 pm #

    thank you! That is very kind of you. I spend a lot of time looking at the rain and thinking about whether or not I want to go out in it!

  4. Jillaroo Jess April 7, 2013 at 10:58 pm #

    I just googled Whidbey Island land slide. Wow! Some of the houses in the pictures I saw were pretty lucky! It’s interesting where people decide to live! Back in the day, people were a lot more discerning on where they set up camp. Hopefully everybody is ok.

    • A New Path April 7, 2013 at 11:06 pm #

      Yup, people sure used to be more careful and realistic about living on cliffs or riverbanks. That was a pretty dramatic slump. As far as I’ve heard everyone is OK and were evacuated.

      • Jillaroo Jess April 7, 2013 at 11:46 pm #

        Yeah, it seems people were just a lot more realistic in general! Lol!

  5. Marietta April 8, 2013 at 9:30 am #

    I don’t know, the constant rain makes me want to stay in the house all the time! Which I enjoy. Summer makes me feel like I should be DOING SOMETHING.

  6. A New Path April 8, 2013 at 9:59 am #

    Most everything I want to do is outdoors so the rain makes me stir crazy. This is a perfect place to do indoor stuff since the scenery out the window is pretty.

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