The rivers most watched for flooding every time there is a mid-winter or early spring thaw are the Vermillion, so beautiful, but people build right up to the banks and are always at risk, the Black River, Killbuck Creek and our own crooked river, the Cuyahoga, which divides Cleveland into East and West sides of town.
People in Vermillion say that living in Paradise most of the year is worth the price they pay with flooding. If one had a cabin on high grounds or in some landlocked community, where they could store their most prized possessions, photos, important documents and only filled the houses along the river with disposable furniture and things, I suppose this would work. For me, it certainly would not. Nice place to visit, as they say, take photos, paint pictures, but to chance losing important things is just not for me.
Last week after our few degrees below zero days, I stopped on my way home from having lunch with Doris and parked my car in the tow path parking lot and walked up the sidewalk along Rockside Road to the bridge over the Cuyahoga and took some pictures as I peered down and across the rushing brown water carrying chunks of ice as it raced to Lake Erie.
The air was still pretty cold and my fingers felt numb gripping the camera though the strap around my neck held it firmly and my other hand gripped my walking cane. I opted for the street level view instead of crossing the small bridge from the parking lot to the train station parking lot below because from my car window I saw the snow covered trail that wound invitingly into the southern horizon as it ran parallel to the train tracks and I wanted the view from above. Maybe next snow I’ll go for the land level view.
By the time I got the photos I wanted and walked through the melting snow covered walk back to my car with the speeding traffic whooshing past me as I walked, my toes were pretty cold too and I was thankful the car was warm and dry and I was even happier when I got safely home and into dry clothes and uploaded the pictures onto the computer.