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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Getting Above the Clouds


On Martha's birthday, we both took a day off and played. It's very hard to play at home because there is so much to do in the house, garden, and general interruptions around church stuff. So when we need to play, we get away and go off-site somewhere. Tuesday was a marine-layer morning with drizzling fog. It's common this time of year to have fog all morning and then have it burn away in the early afternoon. Martha chose to drive over the mountains into the Santa Ynez Valley and explore the area around Solvang, Los Olivos and Santa Ynez.
Once we crossed the mountains, we were in clear blue sky weather. It was fabulously sunny and warm all day. On the way home in the late afternoon, we decided to drive along the ride of the mountains that form the boundary of Santa Barbara on a road called El Cielito. When we headed off going East, the skies were blue and the sun was shining brightly. Then we saw the heavy marine layer of clouds ahead of us. They were impenetrable, forming a thick cotton-like covering over the land and water.
As we descended through the clouds, it was like driving through pea-soup fog, lights on, mist gathering, cautiously driving. Then, to my surprise, we emerged at maybe 1,000 feet to see the land, water, even the oil rigs 26 miles out in the channel. All tinted with grey. To someone on the ground, it would just be a cloudy day. At 1,000 feet up it was thick mist, and at 3,000 feet the sun was shining.
I need to live at a higher level than the clouds.

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