trip down memory lane - to Glacial Ridge
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It was such a beautiful, sunny day that I didn't want to waste it in the basement working. So I decided to take a drive. I wasn't sure where to go so I started out driving to Crookston. I had spent many nights here at the Country Club Motel while working out at Glacial Ridge. The Crookston landslide had ocurred there in 2003, causing the motel to eventually close. I remember spending a couple nights there after the landslide wondering if the room I was in would tumble down the hill side into the river below (it didn't). I wanted to see what the damage looked like now, over 5 years later.
Turns out, everything was gone. The motel and damaged neighbor house was gone.
I decided to keep on driving out to Glacial Ridge near Mentor, another 20 minutes away. I used to work out here and I would get filled with anxiety once a month when I had to stop at 100 well and surface water sites to collect measurements. I worked alone, far from any roads or people so if anything happened I was on my own. I had to drive through wet fields, even cross a ditch filled with water. I drove in rocky fields, fields where the vegetation was over the roof of my car. I encountered moose, skunks, bees and other wildlife.
Even as I turned on to County Hwy 45 I began to get those same anxious feelings. Butterflies in the stomach. Dread at the thought of driving off the road into a field. And then I remembered that I didn't have to. It was hard to tell the differences over the years since I'd been here last because everything was covered in snow.
I decided to splurge on a car wash since my car was all salty. I haven't gone through one for awhile and was quite amused by the different sprays and colored foam thrown at my car. The water dripped on my car and sounded like rain almost putting me to sleep. And don't forget the smell of wax or whatever that clean carwash smell is...
And with a shiny clean car I finally arrived at school, about 4 hours after I intended to get there.