The other problem that I’m having is finding a Range for Crusader Training. I had picked out a couple good alternative locations for the Tactical Carbine course. But we’ve run into a snag. Let me explain.
This winter we’ve had over 180% snow fall. The run off from the spring melt is… a lot. Rivers all around Utah are at flood stage. Rivers here in the Uintah Basin are running pretty dang good. The Green has risen to levels that has forced the evacuations of 6 homes. What are normally old dried creekbeds are rivers again in other areas, and these rivers are going to be flowing hard in a matter of days.
Well, the areas I had planned on using for the Training are on the other sides of some of these areas. I can’t get to them now. Well, you could get to them if you had an airboat, helicopter or a Trek Transporter. The scary thing is that the run off is not even really bad now, compared to what it’s going to be! The mountains have been pretty cold up in the higher elevations…. meaning the stuff up there really hasn’t even started melting yet, even if the week of rain hasn’t helped yet. Ran down here, snow up in the mountains. I don’t ever remember year when Winter has held on so tenaciously. It wants to get warm… but that’s just has not been happening. What’s going to happen now is that we are going to go from Snow Condition, straight into Summer Weather in the 90’s and all that water is going to come down all at once. With the ground being as saturated as it is… it’s going to be ugly.
Come June 4th, the run off is going to be torrential. I’m fully expecting the highway from Ogre Ranch into town to be washed out in 6 places like it did a few years ago… when the snow pack wasn’t nearly this deep. Some of you guys will remember coming out to the Buckskin Hills Range a few years ago and we had that bridge washed out and everyone had to detour… Well, that’s expected to happen again, but this time there isn’t going to be a detour option. Flooding is going sweep that whole lower area and getting across just isn’t going to happen.
Don’t worry about us though. We’re going to be fine. Ogre Ranch is up on high ground, so no worries there. But my frustration is that this leaves me with Zero Training Locations right now, probably through till July.