Holy shit has it been raining in SoCaL, & raining hard & often. The Once dry creeks & washes are now swollen, traveling at a high rate of speed ,potentially deadly....
Which brings us to the point of this thread, if you offroad at all, whether
it's once a year or once a week, (guilty as charged, sometimes more !!)
Guys & gals, when approaching the numerous water hazards that we'll no doubt encounter on our favorite haunts,THINGS TO CHECK BEFORE YOU CROSS: take special note as to HOW FAST the current is flowing first off, has anyone been thru a flash flood besides myself ? I'm sure some of you have, & I can tell you its one of the scariest fucking life experiences you'll ever have, A flash flood kills from the sides, not so much from what you can see coming at you but from the 40 MPH , 20" wall of slurry,rocks,treelimbs & trees, other cars & anything else that unfortunantly wound up in its path upstream,that you didn't even know was coming,, but I Digress : 2nd, how WIDE is this sucker ? Wide is not good, even if its slow & shallow, more risk of hitting a hole only because the water hazard takes physically more distance to cross. Which brings up a good question: HOW DEEP IS IT ? When you were checking it for speed, look at the turbulence of the current, if it is choppy, but the chop is stationary, this indicates shallower, more settled washout, you'd probably be ok, if the current is fast, wide & a somewhat "smoother" appearing surface. I'd look for another place to cross, or go (remember, the way in is usually the way out also) This tells me that its not only deeper than originally thought , but its still eroding the creekbed/wash, etc; & NOTHING is staying stationary in the current flow, meaning that EVERYTHING in its path is goin' for a ride, trash,trees, boulders & you & your truck if you don't use a little common sense & look for the couple of conditions I described, & of course its always best to have at least one other capable rig with you, so lets hit it hard !! Lets hit it safe too !!..