Downpours and temperatures pushing 50 have taken away most signs of winter, including just about all of the snow, and in their place, the thaw has left brown earth and flooded streams. The rush of water hasn't caused much damage, but it has obscured the aquatic features of the landscape: to wit, under this stretch of rapids and white water is a stone footbridge that, under drier conditions, has a walkway as much as three feet above the stream. Not now. The preserve on the other side of the bridge is just going to have to remain untrekked for a while. Being swept into frigid waters is not my idea of fun, and while duty might call, it's not calling that loudly. Duty will just have to wait for the advent of a more silent stream.