last fall i was venturing to this same beach with ty in his carseat and niko in the back. we had done the necessary water crossing 2 days earlier. it was thrilling but fairly straightforward and the 4runner plowed through the river with panache. as i eyed the water that fateful morning, i noted that the river had risen but thought (and i remember this very specifically) "how much can it really rise in just over 24 hours?"
turns out it can rise substantially.
we let the engine dry out, replaced the spark plugs and towed it around trying to get it to turn over, but to no avail. water had invaded the cylinders, exerted its normally useful quality of incompressibility and bent the rods producing the well known and dreaded state known as hydrostatic lock.
a sad day, and one that i am only willing to contemplate publicly only now after a season of mourning and self recrimination.
after drying out, our beloved truck was sold to a local apprentice mechanic to be turned into a diesel monster truck, with the condition that we receive pictures of the finished product. i'll keep you posted.
overall zeke seems to enjoy the river, but apparently he does not enjoy small islands on the river.
the small inlet is on the south side of the beach, making a wonderful solar reflector as well as a warm pool with no current.
the fraser is rising already, so this perfect spot may soon disappear under the runoff of prince george and the rest of the fraser river basin, but rest assured that our family will enjoy it while it lasts!