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A Heartbreaking Walk in Larry Moore Park in Paso Robles

I took my first real walk tonight since my foot surgery April 14, 2014. I decided to stay close to home base, so I drove to the local park in our neighborhood that runs along the Salinas River, Larry Moore Park. There has been no water in the river this year because we've had almost no rain. I think my last walk there was near the beginning of the year, and it was already showing signs of the . What I saw this evening broke my heart. In this article I will focus on just one tree. It used to be a beautiful when I first started walking this park almost ten years ago. What you see in the introductory photo is one of the breaks in it.

Before I saw this break, I saw what's below. I was coming toward it on the path and realized it was no bush, but a fallen tree branch. I know it's a cottonwood because of the leaves.

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The photo below shows the bottom of the tree's trunk.

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This photo shows where this branch is almost completely broke off. Maybe the few greenish leaves are supported by the little that's still connected to the tree.

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Although it really would take a panoramic shot to do this fallen tree justice, the shot below is the best I could do to show what's left of the tree in its full length.

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Scenes like this break my heart. Not only are trees dying, but even the rosemary is dying. They must have stopped all irrigation. The river is dry. All the grass except in the baseball field, which is still irrigated, is brown. Dead wood is everywhere. It's a fire just waiting to happen, and there is a lot of vandalism in the park and homeless people are camping in the part of the riverbed covered with brush and dry driftwood. Such a fire might easily spread to the tract of homes across the street. I'm about three blocks away.

needs rain.

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SandraLynn wrote on August 4, 2014, 5:20 AM

This is very sad :( I could feel your heart through your words. I hope you get some rain soon. I know the tree can't be saved but you need the rain, anyway! Glad you got out for a walk! :)

Feisty56 wrote on August 4, 2014, 9:09 AM

I think of California and other drought-stricken areas, especially when some areas of the country are inundated with rain. What a sad looking park and as you pointed out, what a place for a fire to start.

Brenda wrote on August 4, 2014, 10:55 AM

Texas is in a drought too. I know what you are going through. It is so heartbreaking. We got 41/2 inches of rain last week now we just need 11 more to fill up river beds and stream and our lake here. Droughts are in a lot of states I fear. Hope yall get rain too.

BarbRad wrote on August 4, 2014, 3:21 PM

Yes. We desperately need rain. It was good to get out and walk again.

BarbRad wrote on August 4, 2014, 3:23 PM

I am really afraid of the fire danger. Kindling is plentiful, as are dry logs. Vandals of the teen variety are often up to no good. Most live in the tract, so I hope they realize a fire might burn their own houses and possessions down.

BarbRad wrote on August 4, 2014, 3:24 PM

I have cousins in Texas and I know it and many other states are also hard hit by drought. It's sad wherever it is. It's too bad the states that get too much can't share. It would solve problems for all of us.

LoudMan wrote on August 4, 2014, 6:34 PM

I'm surprised more research hasn't gone into desalinization. y'all have that great big puddle right to your left. And thank you for this submission to the contest.

BarbRad wrote on August 4, 2014, 7:28 PM

The powers that be think it would be too expensive a process. The environmentalists don't like the idea and would put roadblocks in the way. It won't happen in my lifetime.

paigea wrote on August 5, 2014, 12:39 AM

Wow, that is frightening to think about fire. I hope it rains soon.

BarbRad wrote on August 5, 2014, 2:21 AM

I hope it does, too, but chances aren't very good. Our rainy season usually starts in October.

LoudMan wrote on August 7, 2014, 9:16 PM

I've never understood how a solar distillery would be more expensive than death. And hey, not all environmentalists work for the bigger special interest groups. :)

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on August 12, 2014, 4:08 PM

That is so sad. I know it's breaking your heart because I know how much you love your green spaces.