Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Mystery up Cowee Creek

While the above title has all the makings of a good Nancy Drew mystery, this blog post is about something that we actually experienced. While we were at our pastor's retreat a few months ago at Echo Ranch Bible camp we decided to go canoeing. It was a calm, pleasant day on the water...until we saw a collection of bubbles a ways off. At first we thought it was a large rock or log just under the surface, causing the water to ripple over it as the tide came in. But as we approached we realized it was more like an underwater fountain...but with no apparent source. Then we began looking around and seeing more and more of these stretches of bubbles appearing. They literally appeared before our eyes, stretching up the creek. Some of them were single lines of bubbles, others large frothing, boiling sections. It was one of the strangest (and a bit creepiest) things I have ever seen. When we asked Echo Ranch staff about it later, some said they'd never seen or heard of this kind of bubbling in the creek. Others thought it was air trapped under the sand which released as the tide came in. That explanation, while given convincingly, still seems hard for me to line up with the consistently forceful bubbling we saw for more than a half an hour (it was still bubbling when we left). That's a lot of air under the sand to be released so consistently. And the bubbles were arrayed in long lines up the creek - bubbling in some places and not in others. It's a very, very strange phenomenon that to my mind is still a mystery. Now it's up to you, gentle reader, to solve this mystery for us: where in the world did these bubbles come from?

In which Eric details his theory on what is creating the bubbles (based on an old Viking movie)...
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In which you get a close up of some really big bubblers...
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In which we brainstorm ways to market the bubble water to support Echo Ranch...
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In which the Little Sweetie gets fed up with all the attention being given the bubbles and not her...

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