American Elephants

Rain and Rivers, And Wet Days Ahead by The Elephant's Child
October 24, 2022, 1:47 pm
Filed under: Politics

Another rainy day in Seattle. The opposite hill on the other side of the golf course has disappeared in the rain. Leaves outside my window shiver as a raindrop lands. As I have said, if you don’t like rain, do not move to Seattle. We get a lot of it here. Goes for Portland as well.

Seattle is an inland city, on a very large arm of the Pacific Ocean called Puget Sound. which, for those unfamiliar with Seattle, even has islands and bridges. Portland is on the Columbia River where it comes together with the Multinomah River and flows on into the Pacific. Portland is divided by the river and dependent on lots of bridges. I grew up on the Weiser River, which flows into the Snake River, which flows into the Columbia, which flows into the Pacific Ocean.

Rivers are very interesting. The Mississippi is presently low, and exposing some of its secrets, according to what I read, but that is causing problems for its usual traffic. The Weiser River is now being celebrated as one of the last free-flowing rivers in America. Not a big river, but home to lots of rainbow trout. And I know the best fishing spots, which I will not share.

The major rivers had an important role in the westward expansion of the United States. Until bridges were built, they were mostly stopping expansion, and of course human ingeneuity promptly built boats where necessary, and bridges. When studying American history, don’t forget to consider the roles of the rivers.

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