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Using a kayak for groceries

using kayak to get groceries across creek

Our creek went down enough to get across on the log.

It felt a little dicey walking on it with a full back pack, so we decided to use the kayak to ferry our groceries and chicken feed.

We'll be ready for the next 100 year flood by having one of the kayaks in the barn on this side of the creek.

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was the rope still there, from the roofers' time? And did you walk across the log in the photo? How swift was the creek?
Comment by adrianne Mon Mar 9 16:57:01 2015
On a positive note, you wont have to worry about unwanted visitors. Or maybe any visitors at all, wanted or not!
Comment by deb Mon Mar 9 17:40:16 2015

Mom --- You can see the roofers' hand rope near the top of the photo. Even after three years, it's still strong and in very good shape. Makes walking on the log much easier. The water has slowed down a lot, but is still probably over our heads there.

Deb --- You know me well. :-)

Comment by anna Mon Mar 9 18:41:07 2015

You guys might consider installing a permanent kayak guide rope. You could order some Amsteel or Dacron rope, both of which are UV and rot resistant and crazy strong, and string it across the creek between two trees that are outside the flood zone at it's peak. If you position it so it would have stayed out of the water even during this flood, you can be pretty certain that in the next flood, it should also be out of the water.

You could use this to pull yourself across the creek in a kayak or canoe in case of another grocery run, or worse, an emergency that requires a quick evacuation of the farm.

Comment by Dave Marshall Mon Mar 9 23:51:38 2015

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