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Homemade creek crossing, eleven years later


How is our low-cost, homemade creek crossing holding up eleven years later? I've actually been really impressed by the ability of the ford to withstand dozens of floods, tree trunks washing across its width, and the usual wear and tear of wheeled vehicles crossing over time after time.

Newly created fordThe only big thing we would have done differently is to decrease the slope on the side shown in the image above. The other approach is much shallower, created with the help of a rented bobcat. But when we tried to go up the far bank, the equipment got stuck in the creek and scared us to death, so we opted to dig it out by hand. The result, predictably, was a steeper incline that tends to rub bumpers and create a slip hazard for human traffic.

Other than that, though, the ford has done its job very well. For the sake of comparison, the second photo shows what it looked like when newly created. Not so different from today!

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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