November/December 2010 ISSN-1059-6518 Volume 23 Number 6
By Frank Hubbell, DO
Illustrations by T.BB.R. Walsh
STREAMS, SLIPS, AND STICKS
It may sound trite, but one of the riskier activities for hikers is crossing streams. Not major white water rivers with Class 3 or 4 rapids, but small, shallow, slow-moving streams and rivulets that are 1 – 2 feet deep and 6-10 feet wide with a stream bottom that is lined with smooth river stones and many larger rocks sticking up several inches above the water. The stones are just close enough together to make hopping from one wet, slippery rock to another impossible to resist.