It's spring time across most of the U.S. Well, technically, it's spring time across the whole country, but some spots are feeling it more than others. Especially this year, with the summer-like weather that has descended on the upper Midwest and New England the past few weeks. Anyway, spring time turns my thoughts to water and to getting out and playing in it. Us flatwater boaters have got a month or so before the rivers blow up and make canoeing a lot more difficult and dangerous, and white water folks are gearing up for their big spring time push.
In the spirit of spring time paddling, I wanted to share this cool map (click link for large map image) courtesy of American Rivers that highlights the different names regions of the U.S. give to waterways. In the North East, where I grew up, everything that wasn't a river was called a stream; in the West, where I live now, I haven't forded a stream in a decade - there aren't any - but I've sure dipped my toes in dozens of creeks.
Whether you call them streams, creeks, arroyos, washes, sloughs or forks, moving get out and enjoy some local water this spring. Just be safe and keep your head above water.
The break of spring. One of my most favorite time in the year. The weather not too hot and the cold is going away. Perfect for water-related events. Unfortunately I will not be able to experience this for the 2nd time around as I have been assigned in Singapore by my company. I miss Spring.