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Noisy river
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deadcarp    Posted 01-14-2004 at 20:57:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
on my way out to stoke the stove (outdoor boiler) i heard a strange kinda hissing noise - cross between running water and frying bacon, it had a crackly quality. well it was dark on the river but i could tell it was ice, big sheets of papery stuff, moving in the current.

see, it takes 20 below for a whole day to freeze this thing solid and we haven't had that yet so it was nearly solid, then opened up the past couple days and tonite it's cooled off again so the ice is trying to beat the sun again.

so when the paper ice slides against the solid stuff along shore, it crunches and groans and piles up some. (even bulldozes cat tails at times) might be quite a sight in the morning - and to think people still spend their nites in cities :)

KellyGa    Posted 01-15-2004 at 15:57:35       [Reply]  [No Email]
Wish I could be there to see it and hear it. Thanks DC and Linda, y'all have a way with words and pictures. Soothes the soul. :)

michele in virginia    Posted 01-15-2004 at 09:11:53       [Reply]  [Send Email]
you have an outdoor boiler. that carries hot
water into the house for heat? i saw a tall,
funny looking metal shed with a pipe coming
out the roof smoking like crazy yesterday and
assumed that's what it was. was wondering if
it heats by hot water or steam?

Cindi    Posted 01-15-2004 at 04:37:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
DC, where do you live again?

...tonite it's cooled off again so the ice is trying to beat the sun again....

I love that image and the way you phrased it.

deadcarp    Posted 01-15-2004 at 05:43:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
we're in minnesota between a lake and river.

yup there's an annual "sun vs ice" game! we're all involved and it's kinda like this: the object of the game is whether they can freeze the river solid and it'll be a tug-o-war til spring. every fall the teams choose players for the all-winter contest - the sun picks the current and the ice picks the thermometer and they fight over the odd stuff like wind, weeds, snowpack. they claim get extra credit for dunking snowmobiles, vehicles and fish-houses and i think the otters are referees, this time of year they come cavorting thru, counting the holes and riding ice. they report to the muskrats sunning themselves at the mouth and their job's done. the game's pretty much over when things start melting. water level starts rising, ice floes break off and slide downstream, cleaning shorelines and crushing odd docks as they go. turtles dig their way out and poke their heads up to get the final score, ducks splash around, flying thru and spreading the word up north. around mid-march is finnlander spawning season so local victims of cabin fever appear - they start opening drapes, taking down shutters and swapping storm windows for screens and raking and tilling, thus reclaiming their yards, ignoring nature and upsetting the reflective/absorptive balances all over the place. then finally about may the tourists, outboards and jetskis start grooming everything to get it ready for next season. :)

Cindi    Posted 01-15-2004 at 09:30:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
that sounds like a fine story, if you so chose to write it. You definitely have a way with words. I like the way you give all the elements personalities!

ALIAS    Posted 01-15-2004 at 04:26:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
I closed my eyes and sat very still and listened to the sound of your river in my mind. Thank you for that delightful moment. Enjoy your day...gfp

rhouston    Posted 01-15-2004 at 07:53:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
HUH I tried that and all I could hear was a snow blower...

LMAO!    Posted 01-15-2004 at 09:33:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
That was funny.


Linda in UT    Posted 01-15-2004 at 01:05:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
I enjoyed your post, DC. In fact, I enjoy all of your posts. Keep up the good work.

We live at the mouth of a canyon and less than 1/4 mile from the creek. The rocks in the creek are round and are everything from baseball size to basketball size. This creek runs only in the spring for about 6 weeks. It takes until about 10 at night for the melted snow up on the mountain to make it down to our place. When that water hits, it starts rolling those rocks down the creek. You've never heard anything like it. They roll & boom and crack for about 4 or 5 hours.

Some years the creek tries to flood out of its banks and the county has to send heavy equipment into the creek to save things like the golf course (ugh). One year the creek picked up my husband's 160,000# CAT and floated it downstream. Unfortunately, the Corp of Engineers won't allow the equipment into the creek to do preventative work.

We cross that creek on horseback all the time, except for a few weeks in the spring. Belly deep on a horse I can handle, but not when it's flooding.

That water is COLD, too. Straight off the mountain with no chance to warm up.

We may be ending a 5 year drought here. The snowpack is good and well above average. Our agriculture community depends on that snowpack for our irrigation water.

Patria    Posted 01-15-2004 at 05:45:14       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Great reading to start my day. Thank you both, DC and Linda.

Seamist    Posted 01-15-2004 at 07:23:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
Would love to see and hear it.Good reading,thanks

Linda in UT    Posted 01-15-2004 at 11:16:07       [Reply]  [No Email]

Thanks, Patria & Seamist. I have a few photos taken last May & will try and post them here. The photos don't do justice to the creek. You definitely have to hear the sounds at night to appreciate the power of Mother Nature.

This is a view of the mountains and the mouth of the canyon during a May snowstorm. The mountains shown are about 10,000 feet in altitude.

Seamist    Posted 01-15-2004 at 20:28:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
Linda, thanks for sharing your beautiful pictures. they are breath taking.All most wish I was there

Linda in UT    Posted 01-15-2004 at 11:19:34       [Reply]  [No Email]

Looking west at the dry creekbed during the middle of the day in May. Believe me, the rocks that roll down are far bigger than they look in this photo.

Patria    Posted 01-15-2004 at 13:51:29       [Reply]  [Send Email]
wow Linda, thank you very much for the beautiful pictures. May I ask where in Utah do you live?

I went through Utah in April 1998, spent a night in Logan. Asked the hotel desk clerk if by any chance there was a walmart close by, no, he said.
Or maybe a Kmart or a target? again, a dry 'no'.
Any department store at all? At this point I guess he was getting pi$$ed off and said "no walmart, no kmart, no target". My english was waaaaay better than his, and for this at least, I was a happy camper.

Take Care

Linda in UT    Posted 01-15-2004 at 19:27:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
Logan is a beautiful town in northern Utah. My inlaws live there and own a bakery. Logan is about a 5 hour drive from our place.

We're in the extreme northeastern corner of Utah, about 35 miles from the Colorado border and about 45 miles from the Wyoming border. Butch Cassidy hung out in this area. He never bothered anyone in this town, as it was a good place for him to trade horses. ;)

I don't think that guy was being honest with you. Logan has had a Walmart and several other major department stores for quite a few years now. The first time I went to Logan in the late 80's/early 90's, the closest Walmart to Logan was in Brigham City.

Patria    Posted 01-16-2004 at 08:59:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
I'm checking the map. I guess that where you live could be between Beaver Mountain and Meadowville, seems close to a lake also.

Wow Linda, it must be wonderful in the summer.

As for the hotel clerk, it didn't bother me one bit..:-)

Linda in UT    Posted 01-16-2004 at 16:33:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
"Beaver Mountain and Meadowville"

Hmmmm, never heard of those places. :-)

We're near Vernal. Taylor Mtn. is just north of us, to the right of the canyon in the picture.

More pictures here, if you're interested:

I took these last year for my cousin who lives in Texas. He wanted to know what it was like here in the winter.

Our friends' horses - 3 miles up the canyon

Linda in UT    Posted 01-15-2004 at 11:24:31       [Reply]  [No Email]

About sunset, the water is beginning to make its way down the creek.

deadcarp    Posted 01-15-2004 at 05:04:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
yep i'd like to hear that creek :)

we're in our 3rd dry year here, i guess 17 counties are eligible for emergency assistance but even a cheap loan has to be paid back so help ain't free so people hesitate. the Corp of Engineers doesn't mind work as long as paychecks don't leak into the private sector, gawd forbid. everybody hates bureaucrats whose prime object is to expand their own scam. first problem is they're run by fatcat appointees who never saw a Cat up close, then they pollute the organization with their ineptitude. i kid you not - the gov't sent a group leader for some bear research project - she was some rich guy's daughter fresh outa college and had never seen an actual live bear. and she's in charge!(?) thankfully the others sent her packin in a week and picked somebody with hands and a brain. what? am i on a soapbbox? :)

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