We had moved to a new house in a desert area. I decided to go exploring and hiking by myself. I came upon a riverbed and looked upstream. There were the most gorgeous waterfalls in the distance. I pulled out my phone to take a photo. I intended to upload to facebook and say, "look what's in our backyard…sort of"
I hiked upstream along the riverbank and as I hiked the water disappeared from the falls and the streambed, leaving just wet sand.
I kept hiking.
Eventually, I got to a place where walls narrowed around me and in order to continue upstream, I had to get down into the riverbed. It was wet sand, full of debris and other obstacles. I got to a place where a small waterfall had been, but the scenery had changed so much from the view further downstream.
I climbed up and saw where the riverbed rounded a bend and I couldn’t see where it went from there. As I looked up there, a man came around the bend. He was dressed in hiking clothes, in his mid 30s, dark blond hair. I didn't recognize him. He greeted me and then voiced a warning that this was a flash flood area and that a dangerous flood was approaching. I better get out of the way on higher or dry ground. He asked me if I had hiked in from downstream and I said yes. He expressed his unbelief that I had come in that dangerous way. He said he would show me the way back to civilization a different route to the south. I said, oh that's where our home is.
As we spoke, we heard the thundering roar of a flood and we watched it wash down the canyon I had just hiked up.
Wow, that was a close call.
To think that I had just come up that area. A few moments later and I would have been right in that flood and unable to get out. I followed the man out for a ways and we came upon civilization again.
Then, a young woman in her 20s with dark hair (I couldn't place exactly who) came up to us and expressed relief that I had been located.
I awakened there. There seemed to be no strong feelings except the difficulties of trudging upstream alone and relief of being rescued from a dangerous situation.
January, 14, 2015