Rivers and Streams-A Safe Crossing
Along with many inherent dangers that go with any wilderness excursion, whether it be a half-hour hike from the trailhead to a multi-day backpacking trip, one of the most challenging can be safe passage across a stream or river. Many creeks that appear on maps as little blue lines representing tiny trickles may be treacherous torrents of water-often impossible to cross-during spring run-off. Many of the creeks and streams may be virtually impossible to cross until you can find an appropriate shallow area or fallen logs. In any case extreme caution must be taken when attempting to cross streams. This is when walking sticks are essential and ropes can be handy. Snow melting in the springtime will inundate streams with icy water, and a rain storm in any season can cause flash flooding. Foot bridges and crossings you may have safely navigated before could turn into a dangerous undertaking.
Welcome to Wilderness
Ah, just the words evoke many things to many people. danger, excitement, the unknown. There are actually a few definitions of wilderness: The definitions in the dictionary, the ones in the law books that the men and women of Congress refer to when setting up boundaries to hopefully protect and preserve wild lands from development as they’ve done for over a century. Then there’s the definitions the lawyers nowadays use for their clients or constituents to dig for minerals, harvest timber, build dams and such-even pave roads or erect fences, allow for grazing of cattle and things like that.
My idea of wilderness is, just let it be. If a tree falls in the forest let it lay. If someone wants to build a dam dig a hole and bury them in it. Let natures sounds overtake human voices. But let there be laughter and love. Nothing better than lying next to the person you love while a billion stars shine down their approval. Wilderness is irreplaceable and needs protection. You help very time you pick up a bit of trash (rare these days on the trail or at campsites), when you pay your $20.00 or so to enter a park-that helps too-because unfortunately those fire-rings-even in the wilderness-don’t clean themselves out. Paid U.S. Government employees do-and so do people (regular folk) like you and me who sometimes dig out the cold ashes and bury them or-at least-never put foil or plastic in them to begin with. That’s just the beginning.
(Taking my time)