Todd Grotenhuis

10 Apr 2021

Saturday Creek Stomping

We’ve had some great spring rains over the last few days. The robins are feasting, big time. I figured our neighborhood runoffs and creeks would be in rare form, as they tend to be after some good rains. So, I got my rain jacket, my "amphibious" sandals, left my phone at home, and headed off for a splash.

First fun thing I saw today was a pair of ducks that seemed understandably wary of me, but otherwise seemed to be loving the weather.

Next, I noticed somebody has been planting (grafting, maybe?) heritage raspberries along the back side of one of the runoff creeks. I couldn’t identify them at this stage, but they were labeled and had stakes to help them grow. I fixed one that had lost its support. I don’t know how safe those will be for human consumption due to the runoff from parking lots (if you have thoughts, please share!) but they should be a nice addition at least for the animal life.

I couldn’t navigate everywhere I wanted, due to the depth and speed of the water, but I had a lot of fun. This reminds me that I’d like to get some nice waders. (Any recommendations?)

On the way back, I startled a rabbit. We spent some time watching each other, and it was good. The bun was a little wet from the rain but still fluffed up, finding shelter under a neighbor’s trailer, and looking warm.

I love these little local jaunts, and hope someday to have a place where the jaunts are even better.

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Happy spring to you!

-Todd


Originally posted at Hey World