Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Over the River and Through the Woods...

As the tagline of my blog describes, I'm a suburban girl who married a country boy, but since spending time with my husband and his family, I have come to enjoy the slower pace of country living.

Although Nashville is a growing city, it is surrounded by small towns and rolling hills, which makes for a lovely variation of scenery and attractions. Well, an experience we had a couple weeks ago, when a family that attends our weekly Bible study invited us out to their farm, took country living to a whole new level...

Most GPS systems cannot find their house, so they sent us detailed instructions explaining how to make it to their property from the highway.

We drove 3-1/2 miles along a winding, paved road and then turned onto a dirt road, just before the paved road went into a creek. And when I say "went into a creek," I mean that in order to continue on down that road, you would have to drive through water.

We drove another 600 feet down the dirt road and thought we had almost reached their house. That's when we came across another creek. This time, we had to cross it.


Mr. Handsome stopped the car, and we both stared at the creek in disbelief for a good 30 seconds. "Think we can make it?" I asked my husband. "I don't know, but we'll find out," he replied.

It was a warm day, so I removed my shoes and walked across to find the best path for the car to take. The "creek," which was more like a river, was about 60 feet wide and just over 1 foot deep. Thankfully, the bed was limestone instead of mud. The current was strong, but not quite strong enough to push me over.

After I reach the other side and got my camera ready, my husband plunged the car into the water.


I held my breath (and took pictures) as he drove across.


He made it! I breathed a sigh of relief when he was safely on shore. The car was wet but undamaged. Boy were we glad to have a vehicle with all-wheel-drive...


We drove a short distance up a hill and finally reached our friends' farm, which was beautiful! They live in a mountain-style cabin and raise goats, chickens, and bees.

We look forward to visiting them again soon, so long as the creek isn't too high. Have any of y'all ever driven through a creek?

20 comments:

  1. Anonymous3/30/2016

    No I have not driven through a creek. But seeing the pictures remain me of watch The Waltons.

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    1. I can see why you say that. It does kind of look like a setting out of The Waltons. :)

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  2. Anonymous3/30/2016

    No, never through a creek. Although we have gotten stuck in the mud a couple of times, and with a 15 passenger van, it is hard to get out! :) Glad you guys didn't get stuck!

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    1. That would be rough! My in-laws' 15-passenger van and trailer got stuck in the snow last winter, and it took a dozen people to get it out.

      Blessings,
      Ellie

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  3. Anonymous3/31/2016

    I work in Northern Ontario Canada in the forestry field, which means I spend a lot of my summers travelling remote logging roads. This struggle is real! Most often it's because a beaver has done a great job building his dam up. We actually have shovels in the back of our trucks for the specific purpose of digging trenches to let the water seep off the road enough so we can (kind of) safely cross. From the pictures, I don't know if that would have helped you guys out! Glad to see you made it out okay.

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    1. Wow! That sounds like an exciting job! A trench might have helped. The people who own the land are currently talking with an engineer about possibly building a bridge.

      Ellie

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  4. Anonymous3/31/2016

    Ha! My favorite post so far!
    Great story,loved the pictures!
    And yes I have driven through a creek. I'm from Mexico and you see these kind of paths everywhere in rural areas. But you're right,this creek looks more like a river!

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    1. Thank you! What part of Mexico do you live in?

      Ellie

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    2. Anonymous4/01/2016

      I'm from the state of Jalisco. A little village with no more than 80 people. I come from very humble beginnings but wouldn't have it any other way. I learned to be thankful for what I have and it is there that I came to know the Lord!
      I live in California now.

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    3. Thanks for sharing your story! I love hearing how others started out in life.

      Ellie

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  5. Anonymous3/31/2016

    Wow, that is definitely NOT just your conveniences for your convenient reward!

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  6. Anonymous3/31/2016

    Wow! You are so brave! What an adventure!

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  7. Anonymous3/31/2016

    Do you have permission to post pictures of their farm and house? That would be interesting to see. I imagine it is very beautiful.

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    1. I'm sure they wouldn't mind, but I didn't take any pictures of the farm or house. I'll keep that in mind for the next time we visit them. :)

      Ellie

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  8. Stacey4/01/2016

    Love the post and the pictures.

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    1. Thank you, Stacey! Have a great weekend!

      Ellie

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  9. Anonymous4/01/2016

    Ellie, I am laughing at your story..... it is too funny! Glad you (and the car!) made it across safely! Sounds like a great place to live, even with its access issues.

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  10. That sounds very scary and luckily your car didn't get water logged. But it sounds like so much fun!

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  11. Not through a creek, but one year there was a lot of rain and we drove through a flooded road with water almost reaching the windows of our station wagon; some fences were completely submerged!

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    1. Yikes! That must've been frightening!

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