MARKHAM PARKING LOT

SMOKEYDOGSOCKS

VACAVILLE, CALIFORNIA, United States

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THIS PHOTO WAS TAKEN DURING A STORM BACK IN ABOUT 1985. THE LIGHTNING WAS FARTHER NORTH THAN WHERE I WAS, SO I WENT TO THE TOP OF THE HILL FARTHEST NORTH IN VACAVILLE, CALIFORNIA, THAT I COULD GET TO. IT WAS WHAT WE CALLED THE “MARKHAM PARKING LOT”, BECAUSE IT WAS ON TOP OF MARKHAM HILL AND IT WAS A CHURCH’S PARKING LOT. WHEN I SAY WE, I MEAN, THERE WAS A GROUP OF US THAT TALKED ON THE CB RADIO, YEARS AGO, AND THAT WAS ONE OF THE HILL TOPS THAT WAS EASILY ACCESSIBLE WITHOUT HAVING TO HAVE FOUR WHEEL DRIVE. IT WAS ALSO HIGH ENOUGH THAT IT HELPED GET THE SIGNAL OUT A LOT FARTHER THAN IT WOULD HAVE GONE DOWN ON THE VALLEY FLOOR. WHEN THE STORM HIT, THE CLOUDS WERE PRETTY LOW, CONSIDERING THE NORM FOR OUR AREA, WE DON’T USUALLY GET LIGHTNING AT ALL. THE ELEVATION HERE WAS ONLY ABOUT 350 FEET ABOVE SEA LEVEL. THE BETTER MOUNTAIN TOP IN MY AREA IS 2800 FEET UP, BUT WITH THE LOW CLOUDS, HAD I GONE UP TO THE MOUNTAIN TOP, I WOULDN’T HAVE SEEN ANYTHING BUT DARK, SINCE THAT FAR UP WAS COVERED IN THE CLOUDS.

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