Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Squaw Creek

Squaw Creek, Ames, IA (March 17, 2011)

Squaw creek is the little river that runs behind our house, right in the middle of the golf course next to the park where I walk Kero every day (Kero is our four-legged family member I was referring to a couple of days ago). The photo above is taken from the suspended bridge that connects the two halves of the golf course. It has been raining a lot in the last few days, and the creek is quite full. I hope it will not happen like a couple of years ago, when the golf course was completely flooded by the river, and our neighborhood suddenly became a waterfront property. And we had to deal with gazillions of mosquitos for the rest of the summer.

Technically the Squaw creek is a third order meandering river, i.e. a tributary of a tributary (the South Skunk river) of the Mississippi (that then ends up in the sea). With 41.5 miles is actually a stream, even though when it rains like now it does look like a powerful river. The Squaw Creew Watershed Association is dedicated to the preservation of the river watershed, and you can head to their nice web site to know more than you ever wanted to know about the little river behind my house.

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