Wednesday, November 09, 2005

The Next Time You Feel Like Drinking Out Of A Stream...

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This was around one of the many bends in a slough connected to a clear flowing spring fed stream called the Waccasassa River. Curiously, the native word, "Waccasassa", means place of cows. The water around the cow drains into that same stream.

There are cows grazing in the piney woods nearby and it looked like this one stepped into some mud that was just too soft.

And you thought giardia was all you had to worry about.

13 comments:

Hick said...

EWWWW! I may just change my mind about having beef tonight.

sln said...

I remember hiking in the Blue Ridge and coming across a wall if trickling water where a tin cup sat on a tiny outcropping. "It's for the hikers," my friend said, "This water is so good to drink."
I'm glad we don't do that here...

Rexroth's Daughter said...

Nice visual reminder of why drinking out of streams is not such a good idea. We never do. I have wondered what it was like though, when you could cup your hands and take a sip of water in a moving river, creak, or stream without worry. Even though cows met similar fates then, it still must have been great upstream.

Floridacracker said...

Hick,
Don't worry. When the menu says "steaks aged to perfection" they probably don't mean this far along...

Sin,
In the Smokies, I ate the snow off the branches, but that was it. Too many hikers cruising along the same paths. Thanks for stopping by.

Floridacracker said...

RD,
I know, it's always tempting and certainly I slurp some while swimming, but I can't remember any bad effects. my ignorance was bliss, but it can't be recaptured.

Amy said...

Drinking out of this stream is def. a bad idea, but it makes for a fascinating photo.

I've been enjoying your blog from some time now--particularly the change-of-seasons photos and information. I've been in FL for 20 years and travelled all over the state (currently living in Pensacola) but am very unfamiliar with your part of north FL. I'm happy to be learning more here.

Amy

roger said...

a well-named river. there is at least one cow.

Laura said...

omg!!
I don't think i'd want to swim in it either!

Floridacracker said...

Amy,
Thank you for the kind words. Glad you stopped by and said hello.

Floridacracker said...

DPR,
One cow on his way to becoming a fossil.

Laura,
Oh I don't know...aren't flavored waters all the rage now?

rick said...

As I fight my way through the sloughs of the Ogeeccee River I have wondered what would happen if I too got stuck in the muck.Especially when the river is rising.

rick said...

I need to spell better.
Ogeechee River

Floridacracker said...

Rick,
Years ago, I remember a story in the Times Union about a clammer who had gotten stuck in the mud and drowned when the tide came in...be careful.