by Ginnee Hancock
By Erika Hope Alvarado
The river is fascinatingly powerful and during rainy season, it is just straight up destructive. The image below is the latest picture of the Rio Oro (Gold River) crossing where we have a little more pasture land on the other side. It’s the main route to reach other properties and the indigenous reservation way up in the mountains. We’ve seen this crossing too deep for vehicles, so shallow that you could easily drive across and so rocky that you literally could only climb across the giant boulders left by rushing waters.
Why is there not a bridge here? There have been a few constructed over the past 100 years. However, giant trees, bus sized boulders and the shear energy of the water have taken out the bridges that once helped folks across.
We are constantly amazed by the river, after each big rain event, we go down to see what it’s done and left behind. We’ve benefitted by finding cool driftwood and rocks for our landscaping as broken trees and other materials tossed about are nature’s “cracker jack” prizes. What will we encounter next time?