Bridges between... is more than just a photo meme with
pictures of bridges. The idea is to express what a bridge does, whether a
literal bridge or a metaphorical one. RuneE is the sponsor of this monthly meme.
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When we accompanied the kids on their field trip to release their salmon fingerlings into the creek last month, they also did several activities to learn about the creek environment. One activity took place at this old cattle bridge.
The old wooden bridge looked pretty delapidated, but was still strong enough to support our weight. It was originally built as a way to drive cattle from one area across the creek to another. How old it is is a good question, as cattle driving was one of the early activities in the valley.
You learn something every day, and one of the things I learned on this field trip came from one of the parents who was along. He said that they couldn't build the cattle bridges of steel because the cattle would refuse to cross. They would only walk on the wooden planks.
It makes sense, because in many places in the West there are cattle guards at open gates--metal bars in the road which the cattle will not cross. (Of course, there are also the fake cattle guards--stripes painted on the road to look like cattle guards and the cattle will not pass those either. Something tells me that maybe cattle aren't all that smart.)
So the question is, are there any bridges in your life that you refuse to cross? Something to think about, isn't it?