A Wet Weekend

The weather, this weekend, has been a wee bit damp to say the least.

Liddy poses for me on picnic bench beside the Puyallup River Walk. The weather was a bit inclement

Liddy poses for me on picnic bench beside the Puyallup River Walk. The weather was a bit inclement

Yesterday, Liddy and I were out in the thick of it. We went down to the Puyallup River Walk because I thought we would have shelter from the wind and so, less rain blowing into us. That worked, we didn’t have any wind to speak of, but boy, did we get wet. There was a lot of rain coming down.

As you can see Liddy was quite waterlogged. Not to worry though – she dries out quick, and loves getting toweled off. Me, not so much.

Today was promising to be better so we brought June on our walk. going down to the river to see how high it was today. In the photo below, you can see mud on the path under the bridge. That wasn’t there yesterday, so I assume the river rose enough to put it there.

The Puyallup River rose up enough to put mud on the walk under the Traffic Avenue Bridge

The Puyallup River rose up enough to put mud on the walk under the Traffic Avenue Bridge

I would estimate the river had risen over 12 feet from before the wet weather hit. This was causing some consternation to a fellow I chatted with yesterday. He said the river was about to come up above the dike where he and his girlfriend were camping. He was busy getting his belongings up into the girders under the bridge.

The Puyallup River and its tributaries drain most of the north side of Mt. Rainier. The White River joins the Puyallup a few hundred yards south of here. You can imagine the volumes of water that flows out to Puget Sound from this spot.

I guess Fall has arrived in the Northwest.