I wrote last Wednesday about the "six towel" night BUT I haven't written about the "BIG" roar.
I was awakened at about 3AM Thursday morning by the fact that my house was vibrating - I laid their for a couple of seconds to see if I was dreaming or if the house was actually vibrating - it WAS! Scared the heck out of me! It lasted for maybe 20 seconds and THEN I heard it, the big "Roar"...........of water coming down the canyon. OMG, it sounded like I needed an ark.
"They" had opened the dam above the canyon at the Botanical Gardens and it was rushing down the canyon, into the presa, over ALL the walls of the presa, into the stream and through the old absandoned hotel that was started in 1982 and never finished.
I have GREAT photos of this event on my @#$% digital camera but since I still haven't tried to download to the computer, you'll just have to take my word for it. (When I DO finally get these first photos downloaded there is some great stuff to share with you).
I tried at 3AM to see out the windows to see how much water was coming down the canyon, since in 1998 about 30 people died from drowning, downstream, but it was too dark to see. Needless to say, it was a sleepless night. The sight the next morning was awesome. Many, many Mexican families were standing out on the edge of the cliff watching in amazement, just as I was doing.
The "roar" has subsided and the water is now going through its proper opening, but I must say the power of that water is something to be reckoned with.............the bridge below the presa was closed for a day and I wonder what is happening in the countryside since we have had over 18 inches of rain in two months!
The "six towels" have been used, reused, dried and reused more then in any year I have ever been here. ENOUGH ALREADY..............