Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Simi Valley!

As I write this post, I can hear the gale-force winds** gust through the valley, whistling through passages and causing the apartment building to creak, clang and shake. At such high wind-speeds, it is challenging to steer a vehicle, or even walk in a straight line. It is truly representative of the Simi Valley landscape: intense, breathtaking and so stark and beautiful that it almost hurts to comprehend it.

The first time I entered Simi Valley city limits through the Santa Susana Pass (CA-118), dry, tan-colored slopes lightly covered with brush and studded with boulders loomed up on either side of the highway. Each time I drive through this region, the experience is varied, depending on the weather and time of day. At dawn and dusk, the golden tones in the soil shine through; at night, only the lights of the city in the valley below are visible. During the day, the bright sun and the blue sky bring the mountainous features into sharp relief. How can one not feel the intensity of such a landscape?

As one travels East-West through the Valley region, different kinds of trees dot the foreground on either side, with the hills in the background standing up against a bright, clear piercing shade of blue, so far uncontaminated by the brownish haze characteristic of the Los Angeles skyline.

My apartment complex is in the north edge of Simi Valley, almost up against the hills. If I stand in the brightly lit parking lot at night and look up, I can actually see stars in the sky. Contrast this to my experience with living in Plano, where if I was lucky, one star would peek through the light pollution.

In the past few weeks, we've had light to moderate rainfall. Now, the slopes of the hills have turned a gentle green. If I look out the window at dusk, I am presented with a pretty picture of grassy slopes against a blue sky, topped with pale pink and gray clouds. The perfect launchpad to a delicious daydream............

To be continued....

** Quoted from weather.com:-
..HIGH WIND WARNING NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL 3 PM PST THURSDAY...

THE HIGH WIND WARNING IS NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL 3 PM PST THURSDAY. THE WIND ADVISORY IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.

AREAS OF NORTHEAST WINDS WILL CONTINUE TO INCREASE TO 25 TO 40 MPH THROUGH THIS EVENING...PEAKING TONIGHT THROUGH THURSDAY MORNING WITH DAMAGING GUSTS TO AROUND 65 MPH. THE STRONGEST WINDS WILL BE THROUGH AND BELOW PASSES AND CANYONS. THESE WINDS ARE EXPECTED TO WEAKEN THURSDAY AFTERNOON...BUT MAY REMAIN ABOVE ADVISORY LEVELS THROUGH SATURDAY.

A HIGH WIND WARNING MEANS A HAZARDOUS HIGH WIND EVENT IS EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. SUSTAINED WIND SPEEDS OF AT LEAST 40 MPH OR GUSTS OF 58 MPH OR MORE CAN LEAD TO PROPERTY DAMAGE.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Even guys like us at weather.com do not have this much time to write about gale winds.. Can we borrow some of your time?

Googoo Baby said...

Yes, you may.. I charge $500/hr* for my valuable time.

*Subject to an 8% increase every year

Akshay Rajagopalan said...

As I'd said, it's amazing the way you describe nature and things around you. Can I borrow some of your skill?

Anonymous said...

How nicely described! It's been a while since I've felt the wind trying to push me down...

J

Mohican said...

Wow.. for a city that is supposedly out in the boonies.. I felt good reading your blog on Simi Valley. I always felt that people never saw the beauty of Simi.. I drive through Box Canyon atleast once a week to meet with my friends - Siri and Ilaria who are partners in crime on writing our next screenplay - and its beautiful! I park my car on a particular spot just after Rocky Peak and watch the city lights- its truly memorable. Another fav spot of mine is the McDonalds on the top of the ramp on Yosemite. Anitha and myself go there for breakfast on Sundays and its really nice.
And the views from Rnald Reagan Presidential Library- awesome, right?
Thanks for your post.. loved it! Nice to hear from a desi who has such a nice way with words... Keep going!

Googoo Baby said...

hey thanks for the comment...and I will check out the view from rocky peak, and the McDonald's @ Yosemite!!

Mohican said...

Just make sure you plan your trip to McDonalds early enough, around 7am is the best. Enjoy!