Frozen River After the Rain

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  1. bacpacjac

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    It was pouring rain when I woke up this morning, but a lovely +5C!!!!, so I decided to head to my favourite spot by the river the get a picture for @EvanStinson's "The 2017-2018 Trip Report Challenge" and to get soaked for @NWPrimate's ESEE 3 Challenge GAW: Go Play in the Rain.

    Unfortunately, the rain stopped as I arrived. I decided to go get a picture for the Trip Report contest before hitting the forest trail. The water was running high, as I expected, and there was no sign of the riverside trail. I thought it was pretty in the mist.

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    My favoruite place to stop for a brew-up was flooded.

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    It was really soggy out there. My feet got soaked: https://bushcraftusa.com/forum/thre...y-in-the-rain-deadline-extended.211478/page-3

    So, I decided to take one more picture before hitting the trail through the forest up the hill. ;)

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    Ant then.....
     

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    And then there was a huge loud noise, and then this happened. I wished I had been recording to capture the sound of this mess coming down the river. I heard it well before I saw it.





    WOW! I kept my distance and wasn't in danger, but my heart was racing. I backed up more anyway. Play safe, my friends! And don't forget your extra socks! ;)

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    ETA: For all you gear geeks, this is the kit I had with me: https://bushcraftusa.com/forum/threads/your-wearable-kit-for-a-day-in-the-woods.213401/#post-3662943

    And here's a footwear update for NWPrimate's Play in the Rain Challenge: https://bushcraftusa.com/forum/thre...-deadline-extended.211478/page-3#post-3661339
     
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    Wow. That river is insane.
     
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    The past 2 days have turned swo into a real mess for sure.
     
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    It was a pretty sudden change. It took me a second to figure out what was going on. People in the surrounding houses, came out to have a look because it was so loud. I'm looking forward to getting back there when it's safer to see what happened upriver.

    Seriously! This freeze-thaw cycle has been crazy. It's just below freezing now, with 30-50 km/h winds, and most of the snow has melted. We're moving into freezing rain, which is supposed to change to snow later, and the temperature is dropping down to -20C with the windchill overnight. I think Mother Nature has PMS!
     
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    Awesome video!
    Thanks!
     
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    hello,
    :eek: You said it Phew!! a right gulley washer if there ever was one. Stay safe cousin @bacpacjac
    Regards
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    Stay back and stay safe young lass, you'd be a popsicle by the time I got up there to throw you a rope. joe
     
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    Thanks! My adrenaline was pumping, that's for sure.

    Absolutely! Safety first, always. I had no intention of getting any closer to the river than I did, and then the ice and trees starting coming, and I was really glad I wasn't any closer. That was really intense for that normally peaceful bit of river.

    Agreed, Joe! I always tell my kids to stay away from rivers and creeks after the rain, especially in the winter and spring. I wished I had video from just before so I could show them just how suddenly it changed. It was so powerful and it just kept coming. I can't imagine anyone surviving if they got caught in it.

    A gentleman came down to shoot a video as I was leaving, and I told him how abruptly it had changed. The water and ice were creeping farther inland, and he agreed that it was probably better to leave than stick around. ;)
     
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    Was that a fishing shack floating by in the video?

    Nice report, a humbling experience to be so dwarfed by such active and potential destruction.
     
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    Wow, here in Maine with 2 feet of snow now 50 and rain for Friday and Saturday . I’m afraid of some flooding on the small rivers . Great Pics @bacpacjac
     
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    Great videos, natures power can be a little scary. Thanks for sharing it with us.
     
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    Wow! Great footage! Thanks for sharing!
     
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    I've never seen anything like that, thanks for sharing. Stay safe.
     
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    Thanks!

    That wooden thing was a table of some sort that someone set-up at the river's edge in the Spring. Not sure what it was for though. Whatever is was, it's gone now. Man that was cool to see from a safe distance! It was a powerful reminder of how dangerous nature can be.

    How's it going now? I don't know exactly how much rain we got, but it was enough to melt a foot or so of snow. By Friday afternoon, we started getting freezing rain, and then everything froze overnight.

    I really wanted to go back and see what the river and park looked like, but it's at the bottom of a big hill and wasn't worth the risk to try to get there yesterday. :/

    Truly. It took me a minute or two to figure out what was happening. The noise was so loud when whatever broke upriver. It was stunningly powerful. I hope nobody was too close!

    Thanks! My pleasure.

    We often see this kind of thing in the Spring melt, if we get heavy rain after the ice pack has had a chance to build up. It's been a short but harsh winter here so far. It will be interesting to see what happens later in the season. Actually, you've just reminded me that there's a valley not far from here, where two rivers meet, that usually looks like the Arctic after a few good melt-freeze cycles. I think I'll make a trek out there soon and when everything is frozen again) to check it out. There's a great toboggan hill in the same area and it's a prime spot for an adventure, as long as you're not there during a melt. Thanks!

    Safety first, always!
     
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    We had a big melt as well but the world is now frozen again!
     
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    Here too, and there's more white stuff in the again air.
     
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    Sweet video brother thank you !
     
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