Saturday, October 11, 2008

Two birthday cakes

At around 4 o’clock in the still dark morning deep sleep was interrupted by heavy rainfall.
Immediate action was required to close the roof vents and sliding windows.
The hurricane had come.

The Fuso Szulc in the dry river bed next to the rancho of the Gonzales family at Punta Boca del Salado, Baja California, Mexico might not have been in the best place.
Heavy rain fall can change a dry river bed in a flowing stream hauling everything towards the Sea of Cortez forever.

What to do?
Drive the Fuso Szulc to higher grounds?

The night before the rainfall started, the map and information of the National Hurricane Centre was studied.
The conclusion was that the distance was too far from the eye of the hurricane to have serious trouble.

And indeed, 5 minutes later the rain stopped.

As of then, it was just strong winds, sunshine and sometimes rain.

Nothing too serious.
Elsewhere in Baja California, it might have been different.

Due to the strong winds the satellite disk of the Datastorm System could not be erected.
It might have gotten damaged by the gusts.
This meant that we were all on our own.
Without the link to the outside world and its information we didn’t know what was going on beyond the dry river bed.

So we could focus fully on the celebration of Gumaro’s birthday who turned 60.


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