October 21, 2002

Geyser Part II

The mystery continues. (Scroll down to Goose Creek Geyser)

You'll remember in our last installment, in the midst of a dry day during a dry week, within a three hour period (perhaps much shorter than that) our Nameless Creek swelled at least 4-5x in volume. A puzzlement, to be sure.

When I first discovered it, the water was carrying a good deal of soil with it. As of yesterday, it is much clearer, but not crystal as usual. Although it is down a bit from when I first discovered the 'flood', it has been steady now for almost two days. It could not be delayed run-off as we have had only gentle soakers the past two weeks, and not much of that.

I reckon I am just going to have to get nosey, trespass with good intentions, and solve this mystery. There is the usable remnant of an old handmade farm-to-market road from the 1920's that follows the creek up through the narrow wooded canyon between steep mountainsides. (I just looked on my map software: there is a 300 foot drop in 600 feet distance, a 1:2 pitch...pretty darned steep). This is always a nice walk, with many little waterfalls and riffles. Since Hurricane Hugo in 1989 and several major ice storms in the early '90s, there are a lot of huge trees down across the old road, and you have to duck under and step over, but it is do-able.

About a half mile up this dense trail, there is a house near the creek. We know the name of the owner, a lady who lives alone and is not accustomed to visitors. My son who knows no stranger, has traversed all of this, being able to claim naivete if not ignorance, and has stopped and introduced himself, when our dog and hers got into a scent-sniffing episode a couple of years ago. Ann and I have not walked up past the house, even though we are intensely curious about what lies beyond.

So, today, in the name of curiosity and adventure, I will risk being shot by the nice lady or ripped apart by her dogs, and go find the source of the Nile. I'll even bring back some pictures, if I come back at all. Wish me luck.

And if I don't come back, donate my blog to... hmmm.... the National Endowment for the Artless.

Posted by fred1st at October 21, 2002 06:03 AM

Have a safe journey and be sure to explain all!

Posted by: Da Goddess at October 21, 2002 06:10 AM

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