Fall 2012:  DRY AND WINDY!
A steady and strong wind has blown this piece of wood across the sand, leaving tracks of its path.
When the wind blows this hard, you can hear the
tiny silica pellets slicing through the air and raining
almost horizontally across the surface of the sand.
Getting caught in a sandstorm on the river can be traumatic.  Sometimes it blows so hard that
you have to shut your eyes and turn your back to the wind.  Even so, the fine sand finds its
way into your eyelashes, scalp follicles, and nostrils as well as your clothes and shoes.  
Braving your way down to the edge of the water can help if the channel acts as a buffer.  The
best advice is just to get out as quickly as you can!  It's scary and uncomfortable.