September 6, 2022

Washoe Lake State Park Nevada.

I Came here to visit my nephew who had business to attend to in Reno.  He is driving to my campsite tomorrow.  I drove through the Central Valley last night and stayed in a hotel in Rancho Cordova.  I would have driven further up into the mountains, but motels started at over $200 a night after one gets out of the Sacramento area.  Even on a weekday.  There are just too many people traveling through California.

We are an intense heat wave and temperatures spiked at 112 in Rancho Cordova.  Fortunately the hotel I stayed in had good, quiet air conditioning.  I stayed there because needed to get close to Washoe Lake early to get a first come first serve campsite.

I got here at 10:00 a.m. and had plenty of campsites to choose from.  The sites are big and private and each has a covered picnic table which is absolutely necessary in this desert heat.  There are free showers in campground A and water available near the bathrooms. Each site also has at least one sizable tree, but nothing like the trees I drove past through the mountains of Highway 50 East.  Trees that in some areas have been scourged by recent fires.  The remnants of fires went on for miles and miles along 50.  I spotted this photo of a California Conservation Corps truck along the way.  A great symbol of the diminishing funding of public services.

Washoe State Park is a barren beauty.  But hiking, at least until the sunsets is impossible.  The ranger told me that this heat is incredibly unseasonable. 

Washoe Lake State Park sagebrush

I fear the fact that these rising temperatures across the globe will only get worse.  How will humans survive in such heat?  And some are already not surviving.  We’ve just been sheltered from much of it in the United States.  And those who vote against measures to stop climate change, along with their wealthy donors, especially have been sheltered.  They live in shaded, air-conditioned communities with plenty of water.  Or close to the sea.  Not like those who harvest our food or do all the other essential outside work that needs to be done.  Or like those live in crowded sweltering neighborhoods.

No matter what one’s political affiliations or beliefs, shouldn’t every American care about climate change?  Haven’t we all felt the heat or the floods or the fires?  Don’t some of us have children and grandchildren?  Is this what we want for them?  So why would any American vote for a candidate who is not fighting to save this planet?  And why would any American during these crucial times not to vote?

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Susan Casslan is a writer and a nurse. Her writing touches on spirituality and issues pertaining to social justice. Casslan lived for a decade in the San Francisco Inner Mission District, and she was greatly inspired by the Latinx culture of that neighborhood. The Inner Mission emerges in her books Conversations with Richard Purcell: The Adventures and Reflections of a Renegade San Francisco Priest and That Which Wavers with the Night, as well as in her chapbook 24th Street and Other Poems. Additionally, Casslan’s nonfiction articles have appeared in El Tecolote, an Inner Mission newspaper.

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