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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Zig Zag River

I grew up in a small mountain community which was split into about half a dozen villages. Heading up Highway 26 towards Mt Hood, you will pass through Brightwood, Wemme, Welches, Zig Zag, and Rhododendron. The road I grew up on was sort of a border between two of them. The west side of the road was Welches, the east side was Zig Zag.

My main memories of the small area known as Zig Zag was their tiny market/gas station (which still to this day dangerously perches on the side of a deep ravine and looks like it will topple in at any time), the pizza restaurant (Zig Zag Inn), and the FRIGID COLD Zig Zag River, which I have pictured in todays post. The water in this picture is surprisingly calm, as much of the river is full of rapids. I wanted to show the color of the water.

It took serious cahonas to play in the Zig Zag River, as it was direct runoff from the Zig Zag glacier on Mt Hood. The water never rose above probably 45-50 degrees in the hottest part of the summer. The rapids made for great intertubing though, and I did brave them numerous times with friends when I was young. Now I am too old (AKA have more brains) and realize there are warmer, more pleasant intertubing rivers around!

21 comments:

Tumblewords: said...

A delightful name. The river appears relatively peaceful and the water warm. It was a surprise to find otherwise. Excellent Z.

mrsnesbitt said...

Fascinating! We always learn something new every week! AND Round 7 is knocking on the door!

Thanks so much
Denise
ABC Team

Sylvia K said...

What a great word for the Z day and what a beautiful river! You can't beat the northwest for natural beauty and I love it! Hope you have a great week! Thanks as always for your visits/comments! They're always much appreciated and glad you enjoy playing with the ABCs, too!

Sylvia

Hildred and Charles said...

I am often amazed at the names which were bestowed on little towns but I'm sure there is a story behind it.

JoJo said...

Killer name!! I love it! What a beautiful place to grow up.

Beverley Baird said...

What an interesting place and loved your reminiscing.
have a great week!

Leslie: said...

I can see why you'd want to show the water's colour - it's beautiful. And you were very brave (AKA no brains - lol) to brave those rapids when you were younger. I'm shivering just at the thought of going into those glacial waters! :D

helenmac said...

what a great place for a child to grow up in! Love the rocks in the frigis Zigzag!

Gayle said...

Oh, my - that IS cold! The water looks so clear.

photowannabe said...

Where have I been that I never heard of Zig Zag before? What a perfect name and it sounds like a wonderful place to grow up.

Roger Owen Green said...

I would stay in a place called the Zig Zag Inn.

ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Paula Scott said...

How FUN to have places in your area named Zig Zag! And, how perfect to end Round 6 with!
C u in 7!

WINDOWLAD said...

...amusingly soothing...^-^

Amy said...

Love the photo and the name is definitely unique (for a town). Thanks for introducing us to Zig Zag.

Mar said...

It's so unpleasant hot and humid here today, I would love a dip into that lovely cold water!!


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LisaF said...

Gorgeous photo of the river. Very nice composition. I've been wandering around your site and all your photos are wonderful!

Joy said...

What a wonderful name. An ice cold river is perfect for the feet after a long hike. zzzz feel the heat disappear.

Jay said...

What a charming name for a town to have! Love it.

I also love the colour of snow melt rivers. Such a luminous semi-opaque green! I bet it was cold, too!

Carol said...

Oregon seems to have lots of ice cold rivers. But not with names as fun as ZigZag. I waded in the Wood River near us once. To my ankles. I did not stay in it though. When I couldn't feel my feet after 30 seconds, I decided it was a bad place to be. My grandkids, however, loved it.

Linda Frances said...

I could visualize this river wending its way between towns. There's always a fascinating history behind the naming of towns. The details added to my enjoyment.

Jingle said...

lovely name,
inviting post.