Of course, I have no desire to walk through that water barefooted. The bottom of the pond is obviously mucky and who knows what all lies beneath the surface of that dark murky pond? However, if I could find some waterproof boots that go high enough so I wouldn't get wet, then why not walk across to the island once and for all??? Sounds reasonable doesn't it?
Well, today I kept talking about this to my hubby, and he said if I could find some boots he would approve my walking over to the island. With that encouragement I drove to our local ACE Hardware, because we had been there a couple of days ago and I happened to notice that they had some knee high rubber boots on sale there. What I didn't happen to notice was the price...and when I got there and realized those boots would cost me almost $40.00, I decided that would not be a good use of our hard-earned money just so I could walk through the water to a little island to see what was on the other side. So, sadly I drove back home and was about to give up on the idea altogether when I remembered that my hubby had some waterproof snow galoshes (overshoes) stored somewhere in our shed...at least I thought that is where they were. It ended up they were in the guest room closet in the farthest corner behind the most boxes of stuff that I could possibly reach without having to pull everything out from in front of them...Anyway...I found them! Just because my hubby's shoe size is a men's 12 and my shoe size is a ladies' 9 wasn't going to stop me at this point. Besides, they go over the shoe, so they need to be a little larger, right?
And since it was such a beautiful day, and it would seem that I have all this nervous energy bottled up inside me, why not go on an adventure? Hubby said he would take pictures of me as I went, but since there was only one pair of boots, I would be the only one walking through the water.
Apparently at one time someone had built a dock connecting the two islands!
And then I was really surprised to discover this dock connecting to the smaller island from the "mainland". I don't know the condition of those boards, and it appears there is no way to get onto it from the land as it is quite high above the ground...also, this leads me to believe that the water in the pond used to be quite a bit deeper. Probably after the hurricanes it was quite full, but over the years we haven't had as much rain and the water level is quite low in most of the small lakes and ponds in this area.
Well, look who's here! Our lovely White Egret friend has flown over to this side of the pond, probably thinking that he was safely away from my prying eyes...
They sure do get nervous when people get too close...so up he went, flying over to another spot a little further away from "danger"... (see his reflection in the pond? I wish I had gotten a more complete reflection...I love these flight scenes)
Up, up, up he went, but he was into the trees before I could get focused well enough to snap the photo.
So all in all it was still a great adventure, even if I wasn't able to actually step foot on the island, I at least was able to see what was around on the other side! And it was quite enlightening. Since we moved here last summer we have not seen any other people around this pond, even though there are some other houses hidden over on the other side. I don't think the other people are nearly as interested in life on Still Waters Pond as I am. But that's just fine with me. The fewer people bothering the "critters", the more "critters" will come around. I just have to be careful that I don't scare them away too much!!
We were reading in our Lenten Devotions for today from Isaiah 58:1-14. A couple of verses stand out to me tonight as I am re-reading this passage in light of my "adventures" today, and also in thinking about my other "adventure" that I will be going through next week:
Isaiah 58: Verses 8-9: