Above is the photo from the Skagit Valley Herald of our major north-south freeway bridge collapse yesterday evening. I was in the emergency room at the time and was impressed by the medical community’s response to this potential catastrophe. Fortunately nobody perished. But then this morning I had to figure out how to get home. I chose a somewhat circuitous route. The problem is there are a lot of back roads here but very few bridges across the Skagit River. So any bridge is going to be a bottleneck. But my plan worked okay and I made it across the river. In this route I was going near downtown Sedro Woolley so decided to stop and pick up some new mud boots.
I stopped at Oliver Hammer, the best store to buy mud boots at. I picked out replacements for my La Crosse alpha burly boots which had lasted through 2 winters (a record for me). In addition to selling me new boots and socks, I was also convinced to buy some glue that is supposed to fix all the cracks in my old boots.
We shall see but I may have a back up pair for visitors. It is odd that a bridge collapse would allow me to support a local small business. But I have my new boots, socks and glue and am happy for the moment. But there are going to be many painful months trying to get around in my county. Wish us luck and patience.