Meanwhile, back in the Ordovician...
You may remember the following photo from this post, or this post. Coincidentally, in both posts the photo is being used as an example of a hazard. It was taken back in June 2013 along the road into Crosby Farm Regional Park, before you get to Watergate Marina.
|I wonder where this is going...|
If you take that road today (May 2017), this is what you'll see:
|...the answer appears to be "down".|
This is why you should not stand too close to the walls of the bluffs, or to the edge on top.
Meanwhile, over at Shadow Falls, the Decorah Shale presents a different issue, one that can be expressed as a recipe titled "Reconstituted Ordovician Seafloor": take a hillslope of weathered marine shale, and over the course of six days add nearly five inches of rain. It's amazing!
|Hiking boots? More like cleats.|
|The running water is Nature's subtle way of telling you to stay off.|
It's not the mud itself that's the big problem (unless you hate mud, in which case you're really in the wrong place), but the slippery sloppy footing. If you go over into the ravine, it's not going to be easy to get you out!