|View from the treadmill|
This morning, in the midst of another Pineapple Express (warm rain coming up the coast from Hawaii), I was getting ready to set out for the bus, armed with all the rain gear I could manage: raincoat, cap to keep its hood upright to protect my glasses, rain pants, and waterproof shoes. Yep, I was just about to set out when John called me to say that my chariot was awaiting me in the parking lot! He had driven from the coffee shop to my place, to keep me from having to walk in the heavy rain.
Well, of course I took him up on it, but that meant I still needed to find a way to get some exercise and close my exercise rings on my iWatch. So, instead of letting him drive me home, I headed over to the Y, where I have an account, and went inside to use some of the devices. I got on the treadmill (seen above) for 30 minutes, and then rode the stationary bike to nowhere for another 20 minutes. Then I caught a bus back to the closest stop to home, when usually I would get off early for a bit longer walk. Not today, not with the heavy and unceasing rain, and with the wind making it scary as well. I was able to close two of the three rings before reaching home, so I was happy.
I could hear the water splashing on the concrete outside my bedroom window, meaning that our drain pipe was clogged and not carrying the rain to the ground. And with so much more rain on the way, I took this picture and sent it to the manager, knowing that he needed to know about it even if he had to wait until later to get on the roof to fix it.
Coming back from the bus, there were plenty of places like this one that I had to navigate around; the ground is so saturated and soft that I was careful not to walk under any trees and skipped the park in case there might be uprooted trees ready to come down any minute.
On the bus, I could hear the driver listening to the reports from other bus drivers needing to take different routes because of flooded roadways. And there was even one notice of the main I-5 highway closed off because of fallen trees. I was happy to get home and hunker down. No more going outside for me today. Tomorrow is supposed to be much better, with the rain coming to a stop and the temperatures plummeting to normal ranges. We have already received more than four inches of rain in the last 24 hours, with more to come today. I'm glad to live away from rivers and streams!