Desert Boy picked up a piece of the mud.
Next time it was time to park under the elm tree. If you've ever been on this road, have you ever wondered why there's an elm tree growing there?
I never gave it much thought, but I did enjoy the shade of it a few times as a rest stop. Then I was told a story about how it got there:
UDOT needed to shore up the road through Kings Canyon. So they brought in a bunch of old cars, filled them with dirt, and helped stabilize the road. An elm seed sprouted out one of the cars, and the car held enough rain water to allow it to live in the desert.
The bumper washed downstream seemed to substantiate this story. But I wanted to find out more. So we got out and started looking around.
I didn't see any cars right around there.
But when I walked farther down the wash, I saw something that looked a little out of place. I kept walking.
I would have really liked to have seen that flash flood--from a safe viewing point! We're under a flash flood watch for the next 24 hours, so I may still have a chance to see some powerful water. I just hope it's in an area where no one lives.Out in the desert, flash floods can help restore life, just like avalanches in the mountains can help aspen trees propagate. Flash floods basically allow succession to start once again, and as long as no one gets hurt, they are so fascinating!