Monday, February 16, 2009

Danger Signs

Here I am, back again. The Everyday Adventurer is here to tell you another thrilling tale of the every day everyday. This time I'm going to admit that I think I got a little bit ahead of myself again yesterday. I keep promising a post about something, and it keeps getting pushed back.

This post today is actually another step closer to the promised one. It actually gets very close to it. It's okay that it's not here yet though, because I have something that's just as good today. I guess you might already have an idea as to what that is.

Yesterday in the comments section I had another sort of request. It wasn't requested outright, but it was a request all the same. WiseAcre asked about what the sign said on the Carpenter Lake viewing area. I love even the smallest requests, and I'd have trouble turning him down for even a pretty big one.

He kind of wondered if it was one of those signs that the time of year made the statement on it completely ridiculous. Well, it is kind of out of season, but I guess only a little bit. Obviously nobody is going to go swimming in this frozen lake right now, but the part about prohibiting wading is interesting.

I guess if you want to get technical about it, wading is another word for walking. So this could be interpreted as no walking out on the lake. If you think of it that way, it could be very good advice. Look back at the first photo and you can see that the ice in the background is very shiny.

Shiny for ice usually means that it is wet. Wet, of course, means water. Water on ice can mean that the ice is melting, and is not very solid. So if you look at it with that roundabout kind of logic, the sign gives good advice, even if at first glance it looks inappropriate for this time of year.

Just so I'm not a complete liar again today, I have sort of a preview of my promised post. It also relates to today's subject very well. Those white and orange posts in the ice say Danger on them. From where I was standing when I took the picture, there was another sign that was identical to the sign from the viewing area.

These danger signs are an extra warning not to go out on the water or even the ice in this area. You can plainly see by the footprints in the photo that somebody completely ignored these warning markers. I don't understand what motivates people to do this.

I'm not going to reveal today why it might be extra dangerous in this area, and I'm not going to promise it for tomorrow either. I do plan on revealing it tomorrow, but my plans keep changing. It will be revealed though. It's something I've been searching for, and I've been back there twice now. The story will be told.

I'll talk again tomorrow, see you then!

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  1. I don't have school today so I'm going to be on here today.

  2. I think it's the DANGER sign which make the person ignore the danger like Danger Mouse (pun intended)

  3. I figured it was 'swimming prohibited' but for the life of me couldn't make out the wading part.

    At first I thought the danger signs were part of a walkway but when I opened up the photo I could tell that the concrete was a retaining wall and not a bridge. Guess I'll have to wait until tomorrow and find out why the signs are there :)

  4. I'm going to guess that there is a dam just below those warning posts.

  5. I thought "No Danger No Gain" that motivated the "someone" to explore new adventure.
    Who know, falling into icy waters is another "good" experience.

  6. Anonymous - No school is my favorite kind of school.

    Kruel - I think you're right. Danger always stirs the curiosity within.

    WiseAcre - I should have put that closeup photo on there for that post.

    I'll be sure to talk about it for my next post this time. I'm writing it right now so I don't delay it again.

    Sharkbytes - Curses, foiled again! I tried to hide it, but I knew somebody would guess.

    Rainfield - Sometimes danger can make things more fun. I've taken a few risks myself lately.

    Falling into icy waters is a little too dangerous though. Even very good swimmers can quickly drown in water as cold as that. The layer of ice makes it even harder to escape.

  7. Well, I just have seen those posts in other places. Hey- did you see the beavers are back in the Detroit River? How cool is that? It would have been great for the Get Off The Couch News except I want to focus on W MI.

  8. I am getting addicted to reading your blog...mate

    The feeling is as if I am living those moments with you....everyday! :)

  9. Sharkbytes - I knew those posts were probably specific for things like dams. I was actually going to show the dam first, but I couldn't decide what pictures to show. That's what I get for my indecision.:)

    I had no idea there were any beavers there at all. I grew up in the city, so the only thing I ever saw there was rats. My other wildlife experiences were from other states and the zoo. I don't really keep up on any kind of news right now, even nature news. I'll need to go read about stuff like that more.

    RightMan - Thanks, it's the comments here that keep me going. When I started the blog, I wasn't at all sure anyone would care.