What was I saying earlier about a dry year? I take it all back. February brought the rains. The Estrella is now flowing, and should get deeper as the next series of storms moves in. The last couple of weeks we've had rain almost every other day. which is great for the farmers and ranchers, but can lead to road problems back away from the pavement.
The rainfall has been spotty, though. Just a few miles from here the road parallels another creek, which is still bare sand. It drains a different region, where the rains haven't been so generous.