Tule Fog season



Truth is the torch that gleams through the fog without dispelling it. ~ Claude Adrien Helvétius (French Philosopher)

What is Tule Fog (prounounced “TOO-lee”)?  It’s the thick, daily fog we get in the mornings in the Great Central Valley of California (and it is great, as in large), every winter from about Thanksgiving to Valentine’s Day.  It’s responsible for more weather-related fatalities in CA than any other phenomenon (we don’t get a lot of sleet ;).  And it’s named after the tule grass wetlands (tulares).

I actually love the fog – it’s kind of like the snow.  It makes things quiet, subdued, and peaceful. 

It slows us down enough to be in the moment, limited to our immediate surroundings.  It asks us to pay attention to what is right around us, obscuring what is distant. 

It makes our normal, familiar surroundings a mystery which only reveal themselves as we come upon them, making us feel like we’ve rediscovered something familiar.  I feel all yummy.  It might be a soup day for lunch.   Mmmm, Phở.