Views of the Neighborhood – Drought and Preview

Today, we will visit Lake Travis in Lakeway to assess the effects of the drought and the 22 days straight of above 100-degree F (37.7 C) temperatures. Also, there will be a new scavenger hunt next week, but I think previewing it while we are at the lake would be fun. We are being catered by 5000 Burnet, a food truck. Our entertainment is Train.

Menu for 5000 Burnet

N for nurse shark.

And finally Z for zebra shark. So next week, we will hunt these down. But, for now, enjoy the food and the music.

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  1. Thank you all for the support

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  2. Wow! You have a real drought happening there. I hope you get some rain soon. The Train song is great! You know how to pick them. Happy Sunday!

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    1. Thank you, Darlene. I always enjoy a Train song. 😊

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  3. I guess eventually you’ll get rain, probably too much! I’m not sure about those stairs going to the dock…eek! I could never go down those. Thanks for sharing, John! Wishing you all a peaceful Sunday.

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    1. We need a tropical storm for sure. Thanks, Jill. I hope your Sunday is peaceful as well. 😊

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      1. I’m always doubtful if I should pray for a tropical storm. We could certainly use the rainfall from more than one, but that would mean destruction somewhere else.

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      2. You can only wish for one. praying for a tropical storm might lead to other longer term difficulties.

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  4. Wow, such a stark illustration of the depth of your drought, John. My parents have starving deer milling about their yard looking for food.πŸ˜”

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    1. The deer here have enough to eat. Sad thing about your parents situation. Thanks, Lori

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  5. I’ll have a shrimp roll while I view the images gain.
    I’ve been seeing similar photos from around the world and it’s just plain sad.

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    1. It is GP. No relief in sight either.

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      1. I know. What will we look like in November?

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      2. Maybe a trickle.

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  6. This would have been interesting, but has become terrifying as widespread as it’s become. I like the waterfront house, but I’m kind of done with stairs these days.

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    1. I’ve been done with stairs for a couple of years. Live on one level now.

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      1. I’d like that.

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      2. We did it on purpose given my advancing years.

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  7. The photos of the drought-striken lake were painful to took at. I sure hope you get some rain soon.

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    1. I do too, Liz. Thanks. 😁

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      1. You’re welcome, John.

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  8. Our reservoirs in UK are looking very similar to your, John, let’s hope they get filled up again soon (the source of the River Thames has even shifted 5 miles downstream 😱)

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    1. Yes we are all having the same problem. Let’s hope it ends soon.

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  9. That looks really bad. Hope you get rain soon.

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    1. TW stole my thunder ( no pun intended )
      I was going to get Dan to join me to come down there to perform a rain dance for you. Of course huge amounts of alcohol will have to be provided.
      The house with the stairs to the water is insane. Who would ever want that ?
      The 22 day drought and 100+ temps is awful. Hope relief comes soon

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      1. I’m with you on the stairs. Maybe it is a mother-in-law elimination device.

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  10. That’s a serious drought! Don’t know if a rain dance would help, but I don’t suppose it could hurt. The nurse shark has always intrigued me, wondering how the name came about.

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    1. I wonder the same, Tim.

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    2. I found this The origin of the name “nurse shark” is unclear. It may come from the sucking sound they make when hunting for prey in the sand, which vaguely resembles that of a nursing baby. Or it may derive from an archaic word, nusse, meaning cat shark.

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      1. Thanks, John. πŸ™‚

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  11. Okay, you’ve gone and made me feel ever so lucky to be having temps in the low nineties this last week. We aren’t getting nearly enough rain, and things are parched, but NOTHING like what you’re going through. Send you many prayers for RAIN and RAIN and RAIN! But NOT floods. Why is it always drought or monsoon with the weather? Kentucky is floating away, while you guys are drying up. Not to mention your BURNING temps! Again, sending my thoughts and prayers to all of you who are going through this. May better (wetter!) days come SOON! 🀞❀️🀞

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    1. Thank you, Marcia. I think we need a nice tropical storm to get on track. Looking forward to some rain. 😁

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  12. Gwen M. Plano · · Reply

    Sad, sad photos, John. I’ve never been more aware of water as a precious commodity as I am now. Living in the high desert has opened my eyes as never before. Thank you for sharing these images. It’s important that all of us realize the impact of the drought. Happy Sunday to you and yours! 🌞

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    1. Thank you, Gwen. Happy Sunday to you as well.

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  13. Thank you for sharing your adventure.

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    1. Always a pleasure, Molly Shea.

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  14. This drought is devastating. We so desperately need rain (and cooler temperatures). The weather is crazy. I read something about recent flash floods in Death Valley. Crazy!

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    1. It has been raining at the four corners too. Thanks, Joan

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  15. It just breaks my heart to see these drought photos, John. I’m so sorry y’all are having such wretched heat and no rain. I wonder why we haven’t figured out a way to harness excess rains (like the flooding Kentucky had recently) and pipe them to areas so in need of moisture. That would be a good research project for some enterprising grad student, perhaps.

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    1. That would be a good project. Resource balancing. Thanks Debbie

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  16. It is heart-breaking to see these photos but the drought is taking its toll in many places. People should realize it is serious. It is even worse for ranchers and farmers. We need rain here too but also for our water shed. I keep appealing to Chac, the Rain God. I’ll take the four shrimp rolls – thanks!

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    1. Chac could use some shrimp rolls too. Here have eight. Thanks, Jo

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  17. The effects of the drought are so sad, John. We’re in our 3rd drought year, even though the reservoirs are almost full again. A brown lawn is normal around here and brown is the new green for conserving water. Stay cool and hope you get rain soon. And those shrimp rolls sound delicious!

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  18. Thanks for sharing the pictures, John, even if the lake is in a horrible state just now.

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    1. It is so bad now. Almost hate to show it.

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      1. I can very well understand.

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  19. Terrible drought. My son lives in Salt Lake City and the lake level there is at never before seen low levels with the added danger that winds blow up dust from the now dried lake bottom – which contains significant levels of ars

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    1. I heard that. Pretty dangerous.

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  20. Sorry, arsenic!!!

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    1. Yeah I got it.

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  21. Shrimp rolls, please, with s side of BB pancakes. Wow, the lake is almost bone dry. I wonder where the fish go. I watched Train and thought, β€˜man, those pants look hot, as in warm’. Everything is hot now. I’m outside writing and it’s in 90s so I better get inside. Take care.

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    1. Ha ha ha. In these days of gender neutrality you don’t have to explain “hot.”

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  22. The drought worldwide is like ones in the Old Testament. Somebody must ponder upon it… Let’s hope water will return back to you soon, dear John! I wish you icy time to survive this really hot hummer. 🧊🧊🧊πŸ₯€πŸ₯€πŸ₯€πŸ€πŸ€πŸ€πŸ»β›±

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    1. Thank you, Maria. We really need the rain for sure. I like the ice though. πŸ€— Whoops. Too hot for a hug. 🧊 🧊 🧊πŸ₯‚

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  23. I’ll have Fried veggie egg rolls, and water. No dipping sauce. I’ll down them straight!

    Those are some scary tour photos my friend. Has this drought ever happened before?
    Well, on another note, how did you like my toe play?xo

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    1. We had one like this in 2011. This one is beating all those records though. I loved the toe and Etch-A-Sketch combo.

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      1. That’s crazy! I hope it rains soon, but not flood! Things are outta whack!

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      2. So outta whack. Need someone with a direct line to the rain god.

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  24. Nice song!

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    1. I like train. I used to live in the San Francisco area and they were popular there.

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      1. Huh! Didn’t know about the music. Thanks for the turn on!

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      2. They also did Hey Soul Sister.

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      3. Okay… will check that out!
        Now I’ve got La Belle – “Voulez Vous Couchez Avec Moi” running in my head
        Soul sisters!

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      4. I always wondered about the use of the formal Vous for such an intimate request. Maybe the Tu comes later.

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      5. Well, it takes tu tu tangle!

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      6. It does take tu 😁. Tangle is such a good word for sure.

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      7. Agree about the word tangle.
        Holly wrote a poem, and there was a line in it “my hair a tangle of stars”.
        So I drew that. The post was called A Tangle of Stars.
        Then I drew:
        A Tangle of Antlers, A Tangle of Sunflowers (for Ukraine) A Tangle of Music, A Tangle of Scribbles.
        Love Tangling!!!!!
        Hmmm… I need to do A Tangle of Hearts!!!
        TY for the inspiration!

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      8. A tangle of Hearts sounds good. How about a tangle of hands.

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      9. Hmmm. Perhaps… but I need to do hand studies first. Is there no end to learning to draw?

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      10. Yes, like everything.

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      11. True!
        It’s a bit crazy, but I’ve gotten 3 requests for interviews this month.
        1 is for a feature on me for the Alumni Magazine for the college I went to.
        2 are for my costume work I did on movies.
        One is for “The Cheetah Girls”. The other is for “The Passion of Ayn Rand”.
        The 2 movies could not be more different. One was for Disney, the other for Showtime.
        I’m starting to feel like an old won once race horse.

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      12. Hey. You are an icon. Of course, they want to interview you.

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      13. Well… maybe ish….lol

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  25. It’s scary seeing the lake like that, John. I hope you guys get some rain soon.

    I’ll go with Pad See Ew.

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    1. Good choice. Yes the lake is in awful shape. Thanks, Dan

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  26. petespringerauthor · · Reply

    Ugh! I can’t believe your streak is still going. These are the kind of records we don’t want to break.

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    1. I agree. Thanks, Pete.

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  27. I’ll have the Pad Thai, please. That drought is a disconcerting sight. My goodness the water is so low! I love Train, this song especially.

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    1. I like train too. THe water is so low it is scary. Thanks, Dale.

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      1. Good music! And yeah… IΓ¨ve seen pics of the Rio Grande, too. My goodness. So very low.

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      2. Makes crossing it so much easier.

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      3. There is that…

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    1. Another thanks for another share. 😁

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  28. Gosh! Have you ever had such a drought in the past? The little water ponds look like more someone has forgotten to close the water tap. ;-/ Don’t loose hope, and don’t try to use this as a building ground for new houses. The water will come back; i am sure. xx Michael

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    1. We hope it comes back. Thanks, Michael.

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  29. That’s horrible, John – I didn’t realize it was so bad there. Sure hope you get some rain your way soon.

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    1. I do too. Teri. Thank you. 😁

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  30. Those pictures are shocking, John. Puts things in perspective real quick. We actually had a moisture surplus going into July and wham-o, no rain most of the month. We’ve gotten off to a better start in August, but are still behind now. Still, there is no comparison whatsoever with how bad it is all over the planet, including in your neck of the woods. Hopefully, when the rain comes it will be slow, steady and stay cooler so the water gets where it needs to go. Doing the rain dance for ya.

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    1. As far as the lake is concerned we will need more than a foot of rain to stop the decline. Not likely this year.

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  31. D.L. Finn, Author · · Reply

    Thanks for taking us along on the shark tour, John πŸ™‚ It is sad to see the effects of drought on lakes and rivers.

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    1. Yes it is. Could be life alteration if not changed with some rain

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  32. Droughts are so devastating to communities. I hope relief is found soon. ❀ On a different/positive note, I'm such a fan of Asian cuisine & love the options you were given. Thanks so much for taking us along the journey, John.

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    1. I’m glad you liked the food, Mar. I wish it were real. 😁

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      1. In my head it was!! And delicious!

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  33. 22 days above 100 degrees sounds awful, John. The water levels are alarming. I see that happening everywhere. I hope this ends soon for you.

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    1. Me too. Thanks, Diana.

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  34. Texas desperately needs rain! The lake level so low is awful. Hope there is an end to this soon! Thanks for sharing!

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  35. Hi John, it is very sad for me to see the effects of the drought in these pictures. Gauteng has gone through many droughts and they are simply horrible.

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    1. I agree, Robbie. Thanks.

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  36. Good lord! And I thought our drought was bad though we didn’t start out with a lake that’s now shrunken. Hopefully there’s some relief in sight soon. 🀞🏼

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    1. We missed the rain yesterday. Maybe some today.

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      1. 🀞🏻🀞🏻🀞🏻

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  37. The gravity of this drought is mind boggling.

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    1. Yeah it is. I wish we could get some rain.

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      1. I’m crossing my fingers.

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      2. Toes work better.

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  38. The drought is scary. The lake view is sad. Looking forward to the sharks.

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      1. That’s today

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      2. I know I’m waaaay behind, but I’m catching up.

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  39. Yum, Tom Yum soup and Pad Thai, made me hungry. I was sure I saw on the news today Texas got a whack of rain? πŸ™‚

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