A River in the Desert

I didn’t know Ian had posted this on Youtube. Found it while I was looking for the video where he and Karl re-enacted the Battle of Little Big Horn at their monthly 2-gun match.

This is from the first time the wash ran last month, and is shot right outside Ian’s front door. The wash can run harder than this, but it’s the hardest it’s run so far this year.

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2 Responses to A River in the Desert

  1. Robert says:

    Wow. I’ve read about “don’t camp there, you might drown” but never seen the phenomenon. How deep is it and how long does it typically run? Makes me wanna go paddling…

  2. Joel says:

    It’s rarely more than a foot or two deep and it only runs for a couple of hours though it can take all evening to taper off completely. But when it runs it’s fast, and it undermines anything that stands in its way. Park a car there, and next day you’ll be lucky to see the roof above the sand. After the wash runs and then dries out, you have to learn how to drive on it all over again because its whole texture has changed: The rocks are moved, the previous soft spots are firm and vice versa.

    And of course rarely, once every two or three years – several times last year – it’ll show you what it can really do…

To the stake with the heretic!