Travelling Pee

Only one other time have I delved into bodily functions to the degree I’m about to in this post. As before, I want to warn the squeamish among you that the word “urinate” may pop up in this post, so be prepared to avert your eyes if such things seem offensive to you.

Franco and I walk after supper just about every night. When one gets into such a habit, I’ve found that little sub-habits can develop. I should explain that I’m attracted to relieving myself outside as long as sufficient privacy can be obtained, which is seldom much of a problem among our rural acres. I like the idea of saving the water and the electricity needed to move it from the depths of our well to the toilet bowl inside the house.

Our road crosses a lovely little year-round creek, which we call “The Watson Creek” — get it? Anyway, I’ve been up and down the property enough here abouts that I know exactly where this little creek goes. From our road, it travels south for about 1/8 mile, then turns east and flows into the Otter River about a mile away. The Otter flows into Otter Lake, the overflow of which spills into the Sturgeon River, which meanders down to Portage Lake, which is actually part of Lake Superior.

While on a backpacking trip some years ago, our trail went up and over the Continental Divide. Being all guys on the hike. Many if not most of us took the time to urinate on both slopes of the divide. Science told us that water on one side of the divide traveled to the Atlantic Ocean, while that on the other side traveled to the Pacific Ocean. I wondered then as I wonder to this day what there is about guys and the incentive they have to mingle their water with the waters of the world’s major oceans. I still don’t understand it… we must just be hard wired.

Back to the walk after supper last night. As I often do, I stood above the culvert that the Watson Creek uses to traverse our road about 4′ below the road level, and did my job over the edge. Will some of “my” water molecules make the trip to Lake Superior, and thence out to the Atlantic Ocean? It is hard to say whether it will happen or not in my lifetime, but I like to think I set a journey in motion.

One Response to “Travelling Pee”

  1. Ryan says:

    It all goes to the Atlantic, but not too far from us there’s a 3-way dividing point. It either goes north to Hudson Bay, Through the great lakes and out the St Lawrence, or down the Mississippi and into the Gulf of Mexico.

    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/1/15/NorthAmerica-WaterDivides.png/600px-NorthAmerica-WaterDivides.png

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