Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Have You Forded a River Lately?

Okay, just so you understand what I mean when I say I live in a "remote rural area"...


Several miles from my place, there's a gravel road called Sunflower Drive. The road runs down steeply into a valley, twisting and turning as you go. Then it twists and turns some more as it runs through the valley. Off to one side of you, you'll see this creek running alongside the road. Sooner or later you've got to cross Silver Creek. And when you do...

You find there's no bridge. Never has been. Nope, instead you've got to ford Silver Creek.

Don't worry, it's not bad. You'll get your tires pretty thoroughly wet, but take it slow and you'll ford the creek just fine. It's less than a foot deep. Usually.

They do have some warning signs posted as you come up toward the ford.


But I wouldn't worry about them warnings. Much.


Long as you're driving a pickup, or an SUV like my Jeep Cherokee— and long as we haven't just had four inches of rain or anything— you'll do fine.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Lucy said...

Amateur. I can tell by the fact that you didn't take a picture of the water-marker. Wait, you DO have water-markers, right?

You know, the thing that looks amazingly similiar to a yardstick on steroids. Its marked in half-feet so you can tell how deep the ford-point is running at that particular moment. I never thought I'd live so "rural" that I'd know that! (lol-ing)

Friends that REALLY know me often think of me as The Person To Most Enjoy Living Near Excessive Concrete. And where am I? Happily living so far out into ruralness that I know about water-markers!

Wednesday, May 24, 2006 1:00:00 PM  
Blogger Paul Burgess said...

Water-markers? No, around here we use Norwegians for that. They're usually taller than the water is deep, even at flood stage.

(Standard disclaimer: I can get away with saying that, 'cause I'm a quarter Norwegian myself... :)

Wednesday, May 24, 2006 6:05:00 PM  

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