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Algonquin, Illinois
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CA drought

We are planning a trip for the first week of June 2014. We plan on staying in Carlsbad, hopefully at the Beach Terrace Inn. There have been lots of news reports about the awful drought in the west. Should we be concerned about visiting Carlsbad and surrounding area during this drought time? Any advice would be great.

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1. Re: CA drought

Drought is a way of life in CA and this one isn't even bad yet by historic standards. As a visitor you won't recognize any difference other than maybe having to ask for water at a restaurant, it won't be brought automatically.

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2. Re: CA drought

This drought has not yet affected our way of life. There is no water rationing yet at all so I'd not expect it to affect you if at all.

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3. Re: CA drought

The drought is becoming a disaster if you are a farmer or a salmon. As a tourist, probably not much.

Algonquin, Illinois
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4. Re: CA drought

Thanks! Your replies make me feel much better about our upcoming trip.

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Expect the landscape to be drier than usual. By June, the hillsides tend to be brown anyway since many are covered by grass that dries out in the summer time and the wild flowers have finished blooming - but in a drought year, it will be drier. There will probably be wild fires - those happen every summer, but this year will probably be worse. This can affect air quality, but it usually isn't bad by the ocean.

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I must admit, the thought of encountering wildfires is scary. Definitely something we don't deal with in Illinois. Of course we have our fair share of severe weather - storms, tornadoes. (Currently we are experiencing brutally cold weather with a high of -5 today).

Good to know about the brown hillsides. We were planning to visit the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. I'm guessing the drive out there will be pretty brown and dry.

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7. Re: CA drought

Don't worry, the swimming pools will all still be full of water ;-)

Any fires should not affect you, unless you'll be staying somewhere in fire-prone foothills. If there is a large one the air quality may be affected, depending upon where you are.

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8. Re: CA drought

Yes, unless you are visiting wilderness areas or staying in the foothills, chances are very slim that you would encounter any wildfires. No need to worry about this - just be prepared that the air might not be crystal clear. Occasionally a hillside in more populated areas will catch fire - this happens frequently along highways because people toss lit cigarettes out of their car windows (shaking my head in disgust) - but the fire department is able to deal with those fairly quickly. The large fires happen in areas that are harder to access - the fires grow large before they can get them under control.

And the drive out to the Wildlife Safari - those hills will be brown and dry almost any time of year. Remember, SD is basically a coastal desert.

Edited: 27 January 2014, 21:28
Algonquin, Illinois
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Great! Thanks for all the replies :-)

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10. Re: CA drought

From those of us who live in the "Golden State" (rather than those who joke about swimming pools) let's use this as a good time to remind visitors that they can help California conserve as much water as possible:

1) Turn off the water while you brush your teeth

2) Get in the shower as soon as the warm water comes up; don't let it run forever

3) If your hotel offers the option of not getting new sheets/towels every day, please consider doing so. I doubt you change your sheets every night at home.

4) Don't ask for water in a restaurant unless you intend on drinking it. It isn't so much the water in that glass but the water it takes to wash the glass.

And if the price of lettuce goes through the roof, you'll understand why. The northern part of the state is "perhaps" to get some rain this week. But certainly no where near enough.

Edited: 28 January 2014, 00:16