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We'll meet you half way

crossing flooded creek in December of 2012 to go meet Ben at Applebee's

We were planning on having a visitor over yesterday, but the flooded creek is a challenge most people would choose to skip, so we decided to meet my cousin half way at Applebee's for lunch.

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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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What?! No complementary visitor's waders? No Huck Finn, paddle-your-own-raft (TM) for guests strung to a line. (must be made from old pallets and medium sized branches)

Hrmph. I think your visitors are deprived, deprived I say of an adventure. ;)

Comment by c. Fri Dec 28 16:46:32 2012

You should build a zipline! They relatively easy, cheap, lots of fun. The last one I built had two lines next to each other, sloping opposite directions, I connected the two pulleys with a short length of rope, so that when you rode, to return you just switched to the other seat and rode back. Quite the novelty for guests and children.

Really appreciate your blog, all your enthusiasm and your creativity in pursuing your goals.

Comment by James C Fri Dec 28 21:43:24 2012
Have you ever thought about dock floats to build a bridge?
Comment by Gerry Sat Dec 29 09:11:23 2012

Gerry --- You might be interested in this post, which talks about the creek in more detail.

C, We actually do have guest boots! But they don't go quite up to the knee, and we're a bit afraid to let folks who don't know how to keep their footing during a flood get in the water when the water gets above the knee. I know, I know, we shouldn't prevent them from the adventure! :-)

Comment by anna Sat Dec 29 15:16:30 2012

I had seen how you used cinder blocks, and understand their economy and efficiency. I also read that an effective bridge might have to be several feet above the creek.

The floats could allow for a floating bridge where you moor them with upstream cement block like they do for boats at anchor. Living near the ocean, I see lots of self made docks. Around here buying used dock floats would make it more affordable too.

From the pictures you have posted, the creek looks like it gets 40-50 feet wide at time. I would also expect that you get episodes of flash flooding that could make crossing a challenge even for the regulars. How deep can it get?

Comment by Gerry Sat Dec 29 18:31:32 2012
I wondered how visitors felt crossing the creek to get to your house. Seems like a fun challenge to me, but only if one came prepared. I'd certainly hate to face that crossing dressed in my Sunday's best :-)
Comment by Jonathan Sun Dec 30 17:55:24 2012

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