Our journey from Abilene, Texas to McCall, Idaho has taken us through some stunning scenery! We crossed plains and prairies. Drove over majestic mountains and down into lush valleys. Skirted alongside shimmering blue lakes. I decided to list each river we crossed each day. I thought it MIGHT be interesting…but then it might not.
On our first day these are the rivers we crossed Salt Fork of the Brazos, South Wichita River, North Wichita River, South Pease River, and North Pease River, Prairie dog Town Fork Red River, Canadian river, Beaver River / North Canadian River and Cimarron River. Nine rivers in one day of travel! Wow! I would never have guessed that many.
DAY 2 – Arkansas River, North Platte River, Big Thompson River, Cach La Poude River, Laramie River, Medicine Bow River.
DAY 3 – Green River, Blacks Fork River we crossed it twice, Ham’s Fork River, Smith Fork River, Portnuf River we crossed it twice, Snake River.
DAY 4 – Snake River, Little Wood River, Big Wood River, Boise River, Payette River we crossed it four times, Gold Fork River 26 rivers in 4 days traveling through 6 states!
I really did not know what to expect from listing all the rivers we encountered. I had hoped for it to add another way to see the country we have traveled for several years now. It did not disappoint! First of all some names were unusual and unexpected. The Prairie dog Town Fork River sparks my imagination and begs for an explanation. These rivers bring life giving water to the communities that share their banks. Farmers and ranchers alike benefit from the waters of these 26 rivers.
The Payette River is running strong from the snow melt. The Payette will carry more than a billion cubic feet of water each year. These waters will nourish the land for almost 83 miles. Tourists and thrill seekers alike will enjoy or tremble in fear to experience its White Water rapids. Many in Idaho depend on the resource the Payette brings as it rolls along. Thinking about this mighty river and the tremendous impact the river leaves in its wake, I understand the river sustains and supports life but it also can be destructive when it overflows its bounds.
As we roll along I pray to be like the river when it stays its banks, bringing life and hope to those who come close.
So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.
Galatians 6:10 ESV