Of all the surprises we’ve had with our farmhouse renovation and trying to resurrect this abandoned farm, this week brought one of the biggest: It turns out we have a creek at the back of the property!
We thought it was just a run off ditch. There was no way to see what was really there because the area was so overgrown with blackberries (in some places, 30 feet deep) and fallen trees and underbrush. But this week our neighbor Alan arranged for an excavator to come in and they spent 13 hours clearing out and piling up the old fencing, the dead trees, and the blackberries, and generally cleaning up the creek banks.
I couldn’t believe it when I walked to the back of the property and saw we had a creek!! Bear was ecstatic too. Within minutes, he was covered in wet mud from exploring. How happy was Bear? You can watch him do his “happy run” in a short video at the end of this post. 🙂
This picture above is looking north. This was my first time seeing the creek and before all the clearing was done. I can’t tell you how surprised and overjoyed I was at this discovery! I was standing there texting Bob all kinds of “isn’t this cool??” texts. 🙂 I don’t know if you can see the burn piles on the right of the photo, but there are a lot of them and they are BIG.
Hey look! Bear’s in the creek! Shocker! But boy, do we have our work cut out for us now!! We have wood to cut up and brush to burn and blackberries to KILL. Plus there’s some cleaning up of the creek itself to do. See the metal roofing pieces and pipe? Yeah. We need to haul that out and get it to the scrap metal place, sigh…
This picture above is looking south. See all that muddy area? That was all blackberry bushes and brush. Look how much land we just got back!!
This picture above is of a clearing on the other side of the creek. We knew it was there but couldn’t really see it. Now we’ll be able to get to it and explore it. Apparently there used to be houses back in there way back when, and a pond for fishing! Hmmm… I wonder if we can bring the pond back somehow? Where’s that excavator??
For some sense of how overgrown things were, here’s a picture of where the creek starts on our property. It’s no wonder we didn’t know it was there!
And here’s how happy Bear is about the creek. Bear shows his happiness by just plain running full out…and man, he is FAST! 🙂 I can’t run like Bear, and neither can Bob, but I’m pretty sure the joy in Bear’s run is equal to our joy at this discovery!