Correction to big rain; no wash water

While living the big western life yesterday by riding a horse, me and my ridin’ pal, Nora B., came across some water flowing in the Sutherland Wash by the rusty gate on the east side of the wash that leads to Coronado National Forest land.

So, with with a 3-5 inch rain on the Catalinas, there WAS some water in the Sutherland here in the Catalina area.  It was remarkable that there was no sign whatsoever of water having flowed at the Cottonwoods at the Baby Jesus Trail head on the north side of this flow (shown below), but water was flowing in it a few hundred yards farther downstream.

Nor was there any sign that water had flowed from our big rain in the Sutherland Wash at the back gate to Catalina State Park.  In fact, we saw where this Sutherland Wash water disappeared just down from the rusty gate.

So, a lesson has been learned here about wash water flows: it can be flowing modestly between two dry points.  Huh.   Might not see this again for some time, and it will all be going away soon.  Too bad so many of us have to pass hiking or horseback riding to these rare scenes today due to a necessary Pac 12 football TEEVEE vigil beginning just after 12 noon today and lasting through midnight I think.  Kind of sad when you have to make choices between two equally worthy activities like these.

Cloudwise, I hope you logged the occurrence of distant Cumulonimbus clouds in the high country on the NW-NE horizon late yesterday afternoon.

The End.

9:18 AM.  The Sutherland Wash near the rusty gate.
9:18 AM. The Sutherland Wash near the rusty gate.
9:54 AM.  The apparent source of the water, the tributary Big Rock creek a few hundred yards south of the Baby Jesus trail head at the Cottonwoods.
9:54 AM. The apparent source of the water, the tributary Big Rock creek a few hundred yards south of the Baby Jesus trail head at the Cottonwoods.

 

What "big rock"?  This one.
What “Big Rock”? This one.

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  1. I like the new look – no updates though? Sorry we didn’t connect in NC- I think that we both forgot. Talk to you soon.

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