A Near Death Experience With A Log


Stuttgart, United States

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In spring 2015 the Arkansas River experienced massive record flooding. This is the Arkansas River, near Pine Bluff, Ark USA below the dam. This 10 ft deep shelf of sand was brought in by flood waters, and is not natural here. It actually sits atop about 10 feet of shrubs, small trees and granite rocks. Some are visible to the right and left. This embankments about 30 feet and gradually goes up and meets the trees on the left. Imagine this scene with NO sand and you get the picture. So, whats happened is, the sand is a fragile and I’m sure a temporary thing. It is gradually being blown and eroded away just to the right of where the log is. On the right of the log, is a drop off of about 10 feet, straight down to the rocks, and below the Sand Shelf. I am usually pretty savvy about nature, being raised on a farm. Country Kids just KNOW these things, but I saw other footprints, so I blithely walked around behind this log, standing ON the narrow bit of sand on the right, and started taking pictures. Even TUGGED a piece of broken wood loose! For a souvenir. I was steadily sinking in the sand, it was actually falling away as I stood there, taking stupid pictures. You can see the area IS a BIT lower than the log. Basically showing signs of weakness. (This was taken before I walked up to it)….Reshifting my feet as I photo’d. No CLUE what was happening. An Inner Voice said, “You MAY want to move away NOW!” ALWAYS listen to the voices in your head!!!! I walked away a bit to the left, JUST as the LOG and the SAND shifted about a foot to the right!!!! HAD I BEEN there still, I probably would have ended up IN the river with TONS of sand and log on top of me! I then started sinking in the sand shelf. Take a solid step, and the next one I sunk to my knee. What was happening, was sand, like in an Hourglass, was being sucked down into the gaps between the rocks and trees. The movement of the log itself, probably broke the Sand Pack and ANY step could have sent me to the bottom of the sand shelf. Like in the Hourglass. Like dry quicksand, the whole shelf was alive, and sand makes SUCH an evil hiss as its shifts. I will NEVER forget that sound! Like a million Rattlesnakes. I could HEAR it being sifted down to the rocks. I was about 10 ft from the solid ground, to the trail I went down on. I literally leaped over to it, and the sand was falling away as I tried to scramble up. I was aware of what was happening, in a way, but it wan’t until later, on the way home, and much later trying to sleep (OH the Nightmares!) that I realized JUST how close I came. Like walking up to the abyss and looking over the rim. And being allowed to walk safely away…. I was trying to get out, taking two steps up, sliding one step back. Trying NOT to mess up my camera in the sand, I finally threw IT onto my back, letting it ride between my shoulder blades praying it didn’t hang up on a tree and choke me. I made four attempts to get up the steep embankment, finally grabbing onto a Cockle Burr bush, hoping it was in SOLID ground! It was kind of like grabbing a Thorn Bush, but it held and I crawled to safety and just kind of laid there a moment, as the log kept shifting. My friend was waiting in the van, about 15 ft away, and said she THOUGHT I might be ‘In Trouble’, as my eyes were bugging out. She said she would see my head POP over the edge, then disappear again as I slid back down. I said, “Do you THINK! DUH!” She said I looked like one of those Penguins on Nat Geo that flies up out of the water and slides across the ice on their bellies. Its almost what I DID! LOL…….Anyway, me and the camera are safe. The logs is probably on the way to the Gulf Of Mexico by now. Glad I’m NOT!!!! Taken with a SanyoVPC-E2100.

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