Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Red River

I just wanted to let all my friends along the Red River know that I have been thinking about them and hope they stay high and dry. For those of you not familiar with what is happening, there are a couple of news stories on the flood here and here.

For a little perspective, to the right is a photo I had taken when passing though Grand Forks, ND back on September 16, 2008 on a bright sunny day. The photo below is from March 26, 2009 when the Red River reached a flood stage of 46.6 feet, not even the higest point of the flood which was at 49.5 feet. The picture is in the same area. The red arrow in the second photo points to the same flood marker in the original photo above. And the bridge in both photos is the same. Yeah, the one that's nearly under water.

When Kobie and I paddled south on the Red River it was against a current of about three miles per hour. The river is now flowing nearly four times that! While that portion of the kayak trip would have been exactly zero fun, or actually would never have happened at all as I couldn't possibly paddle that fast; I am sure there is plenty of water in the Bois de Sioux River where Kobie and I were forced on to land and had to walk with our kayaks for 30 miles having run out of water.

I will be back-posting from the Europe and Morocco trip in the next few days. I am off to New Orleans tomorrow so I should have some time to write on the plane.
Again, I am thinking about you my friends.

1 comment:

Mahmood Syedfaheem said...

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