Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Sabino Canyon - Tree Wrap

This is an example of a tree that has endured one or more rainstorms in Sabino Canyon, Tucson AZ.
When it rains in the Catalina mountains the majority of the water on the south side runs off into these canyons- and with the water comes all the debris that it picks up on the higher land.
A few years ago ('06)Sabino Canyon was bettered by a serious flood- it took more than 2 years to restore the trails and bridges- believe it or not, one of the leading causes of death in the desert during monsoon season (summer) is by drowning- the water whips down the low lying washes like a wall of water- similar to a tidal wave, and potentially just as deadly.
Every year someone gets caught by surprise- and more often than not they don't survive to tell the tale- Tucson even has a "stupid moterist law" that states that anyone who drives around a barricade and gets caught in high water is obligated to pay for their rescue.
That's another installment of Life in the desert!

1 comment:

TheFrogBag said...

Wow! I used to live right above an arroyo in New Mexico. All I can say is: more places should have a law like that. Respect the water, folks!


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