Well, we have some flooding of our own going on here in the middle of nowhere, Saskatchewan.
Calgary is flooding, and Edmonton is under a flood watch. They've had a ton of rain out there, and all of the snow melt from the Rocky Mountains heads east through the Bow River in Calgary, and the North Saskatchewan River in Edmonton. And of course there are thousands of smaller tributaries that all flow east as well. One of them ends up bringing water from the North Saskatchewan River into our lake.
The North Saskatchewan River. We are at the little red dot.
So, about two weeks ago we were thinking about pushing our main dock further out into the lake because the water level was getting low after a very dry (and beautifully sunny) May.
This photo was taken June 8, exactly two weeks ago today.
But then the rain came, and it poured buckets for about 4 days. And it rained again this past week.
This was taken yesterday.
The problem is that it's going to get worse before it gets better. All of that water from Calgary and Edmonton has yet to make it's way down here and the people around here think it's going to rise for another week or more. Some of the regulars who have been coming here for 25 years or more say that this is by far the highest they've ever seen the water level.
The Ministry of the Environment here in Saskatchewan came about a month ago and installed a water gauge in the river. Our guy in the office is supposed to go down every day and take a reading...but as of yesterday you can no longer see the gauge! It's under water!
And, it will probably rain again today. It's totally dark and overcast right now and there's 80% chance of rain in the forecast. In fact, it just started pouring down as I'm finishing typing this post! We got totally spoiled by the great weather in May!
So, that was an exciting day yesterday, wasn't it?? Thank you all so much for your well wishes, it means a lot to us that our cyber world community is so supportive. It was YOU all who gave us this upcoming trip! Now, we have to confess...we actually knew that we won on Tuesday morning, and we couldn't announce it until the organizers gave us the okay to share. We thought that was going to be Wednesday morning, but the girl looking after us was called out on a special assignment in Portugal, and between the legal stuff and the time differences between here and Boston (the legal department) and Portugal and Namibia...it simply got delayed.
We were going crazy not being able to tell you all!
So, we can't keep our fingers off the keyboard regarding Namibia. You must have a quick peek at the Namibian Tourism Board's website. The home page alone makes you want to go there!
The more we think about it, the longer we're staying. Our friends in Mexico may not see much of us this upcoming winter!