Walkway closed.

The meek river running through town quickly turned mighty after a massive downpour on Friday. It seemed like most of town showed up on Saturday to take in both the street art festival and the height of the water line. I wandered around pointing my camera in all directions and overhearing people exclaim, “I’ve never seen it this high!”

For today’s post, I decided on a monochrome version of the swollen Grand, just kissing the edge of the upper riverside walkway:

June 26 (2 of 2)

…and a shot of the staircase (gated and padlocked, though that was probably unnecessary) leading to the lower walkway, now under several feet of water:

June 26 (1 of 2)

By the way, this is the lower walkway, pictured in drier times (the black railing of the upper walkway/staircase is in the top left of this shot, just above the group of people in the distance):

June 20 (1 of 1)

You get the idea.

It’ll be at least a few days before we’ll be able to skip along here again. (Don’t worry, we’ll play by the rules and wait till the padlock’s been removed from the gate before venturing down the stairs. Safety first.)

Winter’s end?

April 7 (1 of 1)

This photo was made in March, when there were still chunks of ice dotting the waters.

Last night’s blast of snow was re-arranged by today’s rise in temperature, and has now joined the rush of the swollen river.

I’m hoping for a little less grey and a lot more green in the days to come.

Live and learn.

Caution:

To avoid injury, embarrassment, and at least one load of laundry, appropriate footwear* is strongly recommended when squelching through the mud beside a waterfall or attempting to descend a steep and slimy wooden staircase in the forest.

*1. Treads are helpful
2. Don’t wear Posh Wellies
3. Don’t wear any shoe with the word “Posh” in the brand name

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