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When there's not a lot of difference between the water levels above and below the dam... When there's barely two feet of clearance under the bridges... When the dragonfly takes a drink from the Fox you know it's at flood stage. Amazing what one week and a couple inches of rain can do.
Our fateful canoe trip was just one week ago. Even though the Fox was wild, compared to what it is now, it was mild.
We took a look last night at where the canoe should have been, but the water level was probably twice what it was there last week. If a canoe was down under the bridge there somewhere it was in trouble.
I talked to the police and the DNR about the canoe last Monday. There didn't seem to be a big worry that it was there, but eventually we'd have to retrieve it. No problem, just wait for the level to go down, tie a rope around it and haul it out with pulleys. I'm in no hurry to get it back, I already cancelled our place with the Wauk. Cty. Parks outing on the 20th.
No matter when we fish it out it isn't going to be fun, and it's going to be awhile if the rain doesn't stop.
Got a strange email from someone yesterday. I almost didn't click the link. For some reason I thought Sarah was providing a link to my own blog. "Is this yours" is all she asked. Yeah, of course. Why would I need a link to my own blog?
After spending too much time thinking about it, I clicked the link and found Darryl Enriquez' story about an unclaimed canoe at the police station. Is it mine? It had to be! Why is it unclaimed? Surely the police had a record of my phone call?
First thing this morning I stopped at the station and inquired. Even though it "was in pretty rough shape" and was going to be "thrown away," I wanted to see it and salvage what I could if it was mine.
Thank you to whoever reported the canoe in the river. Thanks very much to whoever saved me the trouble and risk of retrieving it myself. And thanks to Darryl for bringing it to our attention and Sarah for bringing it to my attention.
Now, anyone know where I can buy a few rolls of duct tape?