On a recent ride, I decided to take some pictures of the Snoqualmie river, which is near my house. The Snoqualmie River is 45 miles long, and it has three main tributaries - the North, Middle, and South Forks, which drain the west side of the Cascade Mountains near North Bend, and then join in Snoqualmie. I live just uphill from the South Fork.
It's calm right now, but this river floods pretty regularly.
There's something special about rivers - they start small, high in the mountains, and gather steam as they come to the lowlands, joining with other streams and creeks until they make it to the ocean. Kind of a metaphor for life - I like how Roger McGuinn put it in "The Ballad of Easy Rider":
The river flows
It flows to the sea
Wherever that river goes
That's where I want to be
Flow river flow
Let your waters wash down
Take me from this road
To some other town
Wherever you are in this river of life, enjoy the ride!