Most flooded of Waterways sessions
5 GoodGymers made their way to help the Maidenhead Waterways in Windsor and Maidenhead.
- Saturday, 6th of January 2024
It was a nice clear morning to start the weekend with a Waterways session at the local Widbrook Common Stream.
The session started very positively with exchanging greetings as we pulled up the waders. Then Clara said: there is some stone in the boot and had to get out of waders again to get it out. She actually found Tesla keys (looked like a Tesla credit card to be honest) in one of wader's boot. Amy jumped into joy and screamed: my Tesla key!!
She had lost Tesla during her previous Waterways session.
Afterwards, we headed to the Widbrook stream and soon discovered that the meadow was flooded with the excess rain water and we had to walk through knee-deep water just to get to the starting point.
We relied on a pile of recently cut wood logs to put our bags and tried to establish where the firm gound stops and the stream bed starts.
Phil and Paul were wading in the stream and we helped from the river bank. The water flowed as did the conversations and laughs as we pulled the reeds out of the stream.
This felt like an adventurous session, where we are not quite sure where the safe ground is and it creates that feeling of what if we cannot get out of here?
At one point, Clara stepped a bit too far into the stream and started to get stuck in the mud. Amy was by her side and heard a very polite: Please can you help me?
This was the first Coffee break standing in the water and leveraging termos and biscuits on pallets positioned on the higher ground. Water logged Coffee break will certainly be a memory of 2024!!!
We reached the fence that marked the meadow's end and our task was completed for the day!
We slowly headed back across the flooded meadow and it felt as if the water level was even more higher than in the morning. Talk about that visual illusion!
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Area Activator for Windsor and Maidenhead. Loves running & Pilates and runs to escape from her hoards of small children.
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