The east side first:
And the west side:
I also snapped a few pictures of the creek itself, including the one below:
I didn't notice it when I took the picture, but the above photo clearly shows the high water mark from the flooding that damaged the bridge. Note the debris hanging in the tree branches:
It will be a few months yet before it's dry enough to start any work on the bridge. Although I hope there is not too much additional deterioration through the spring, in one sense the delay is welcome. I've realized that (for me at least) 70% of any project around here is mental. If I jump into a job too soon I'm a nervous mess, doubting myself and feeling incompetent the whole time. Even if I successfully complete the job at hand, I'm not going to enjoy myself while doing it. But if I have time to think the work through, to 'wrap my brain around the job' first, I'm much more confident when it's time actually dig into the physical work. At first the damage to the bridge was overwhelming to me. But one month out from the flooding, I'm feeling mentally ready for this challenge.
(With no ill will meant to our local farmers)
Here's wishing for a dry summer!