Friday, January 7, 2011

Tule Fog, Doctor's Visits, and a Muddy Mess

On Wednesday, I drove down the mountain to see a nutritionist to find out how I can regain 20 pounds without doing damage to my diabetes control. And I also had an appointment with my diabetes doctor. As I approached the San Joaquin Valley below, I saw the roof of the infamous tule fog covering the valley. My friend Carol, who lives in the valley, has told me about this fog and how they have to plan morning trips around it. I thought, OK, another challenge for me. After my car accident, I've driven through rain, sleet, snow, on ice, and in the worst muddy mess locals here have ever seen. So what's a little fog? When I came home I read about the fog online. Wikipedia said that tule fog is a thick ground fog that forms in the Central Valleys of California during the late fall and winter after the first significant rainfall. It also said that accidents caused by the tule fog are the leading cause of weather–related casualties in California. Well, good I was safely home while reading that part.

Driving through it went well, but slowed me down so I was late for both my appointments. I liked the nutritionist and will go back next month. To begin getting better, I need to walk a lot and eat more protein. I'm not doing well with my diabetes either, I found out, so that's another motivation to start moving. 

Yesterday the morning was bleak and uninspiring, but I took the dogs out and walked around the hills for half and hour.

In the afternoon, I took Angel and went to get the mail. The weather was a bit nicer and warmer. I took this picture of the green grass that has sprung up after all the rains.

There is still some snow in the mountains. The patches of snow on the ground reminded me of my dog, Princess, who died last year. She loved the snow so much that when it melted she and I would go and look for patches for her to play and burrow in.

Thinking of Princess made me sad, but I still have my Angel, who turns around and seems to ask me what in the world have I gotten her into here. Do I really have to walk in this mess, Mom?

Angel, we're on a mission here to get the mail, so let's just move and pretend this is a lot of fun. Angel is thinking she may have a second opinion about the fun part. This is where our road meets our neighbor's and where it turns into the shared road. The worst mess always happens here, but I have never seen it this bad. The mailboxes are at the end of this road by the hills.

Water still flows in the creek, but less of it and at a much slower pace than right after the rains.

Here we are on the way home, feet and paws sinking in the mud. All in all, I walked for 55 minutes yesterday. I also did my range of motion exercises and felt, shall we say, PROUD. But one day doesn’t mean much, so I have to keep this up. 


  1. Funny how Angel's paw looks much cleaner than your boots! :) Keep up the good work - I know it must be hard to put on weight and watch your diabetes too. Glad you made it thru that fog!

  2. I remember the tule fog well. When living in Tulare many, many years ago I would have to catch the bus to school in that fog each morning. My mother would stand out with me to be sure the bus didn't run over me. The bus lights were only visible when it was just a few feet away. You could hear it coming before you saw it.

  3. Yes, a walk can do you very well, even if your walking partner is less than enthustiastic.

    Out of all things I have had to drive in, I think the thing I despise most is fog. You just take care of yourself. I hope the people help you with the weight, and diabetes stuff, those aren't easy things to deal with in either situation.


  4. Hi Inger - great photos, it's been many years since i've been in California. I need to visit again.
    Hope you have a super day!!!

  5. Any type of fog is just downright awful! Up here in the valley the fog gets so thick you can't see fifty feet in front of you. Thankfully where I live now the fog doesn't come up this high.
    Love the look on Angels face!!
    Beautiful pics!
    Before we know it Spring will have arrived then the dreaded heat of summer! hee hee :)

  6. I guess I never realized that your walk to the mailbox was quite THAT long. If you do that every day that you can, it should be a good start. And, you can eat more protein? Whoooo Hooooo, that means steak!

  7. We lived in the San Joaquin Valley, for 2 yrs and I remember saying the same thing...What's a little fog??? I have driven in the blizzards of Colorado, I think I can handle a lil fog..... OMGOODNESS, I will ALWAYS give respect to the TULE deserves it! Stay safe! & "Wishing" you the best on your diabetes too!

  8. Just popping in to say hello and catch up on your blog posts. Your weather looks about as cheerful as mine was today (we had non-stop dark clouds and rain all day) BUT i'm glad to say our snow and ice have gone away (for the moment anyway)

    Happy New Year

  9. It's a long walk to our mail box too, Inger. Good exercise, if I would do it twice a day. :(

    Hope you get your diabetes under control -- I have a few pounds I can give you. Free of charge.

    Hugs to Angel -- she's a good sport all right.

  10. Well's always one day at a time, you did today, you can do tomorrow too and so on. It's amazing how proud we can feel even after what we think are little accomplishments, because in reality they are big to us. Love those muddy boots. It's been awful here too, I am glad it gotten cold again and the mud is at least frozen. Mud is not good for donkey feet.
    Have fun on your walk tomorrow....I say this as I am sitting with my FA on the couch....maybe I get inspired by your walking and Louise's endless efforts of walks....I am sure I can use it. lol...Hey I have 20 pounds you could have lol...

  11. Hey Inger,
    I'm glad you got to your dr. visits at least. Now do what the nutritionist tells you to do and good for you for walking 55 min.
    Do it again tomorrow...shampoo, rinse, repeat, the same process every single day! and take one day at a time!
    take good care...

  12. Fog can really be dangerous, so do be careful. Glad to hear you are walking. It is great exercise.

  13. Yes, Inger you HAVE to keep this up! It is so important to keep moving. And you have dogs who need it too, so no excuses Missy! If it wasn't for Sophie, I'd like to think I'd get out every day anyway. It is difficult at first bu then you get 'hooked'. I need my 'fix' every day now.
    Looks like springtime out there.....all that mud. Have a great weekend Inger.

  14. I'm having computer problems, so this may be a duplicate. If so, just delete.
    Congratulations on your ROM improvement! That's hard work. I hope your walks do the trick for your diabetes, but yuck, it sure is muddy right now!

  15. Looks like your walking pals are loving the mud! Great exercise too! Fog is the worst to drive in. I think in someways its worse then snow for me. Be safe!

  16. Hi Inger!! I'm catching up on your blog and am glad that you were able to make your appointments and even got some walking in--I hope you did today too. I really enjoy being out in the fresh air, but when it's cold, I'd rather be inside thinking about it! :-)

  17. Catching up on your blogs, love the one on Samson. So glad you made it to Bakersfield and back safely in that fog. It took us 13 1/2 hours to make it home from San Diego Sunday but fortunately it was all just snow, rain, mud slides, fallen trees and heavy traffic... nothing to compare with Tule Fog... Glad you are walking again, I know how much you love to walk around your property... glad you are up to it again. Take care.


Thanks for leaving a comment.. ~~ Inger


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