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Today's episode takes place on page 1, where we find our leading lady, Mathews County, described as follows:
"...Mathews County lies along the Chesapeake Bay in the southeastern part of Virginia. It occupies low, nearly level marine terraces."
CBW here, wishing to
"...Mathews County has a total of 105 square miles, or 67,200 acres. Of this, there are 46,752 acres of land area, 8,938 acres of inland water and 11,520 of open water. The town of Mathews is the county seat."
CBW here again, wishing to apologize profusely for the use of so many numbers in one sentence. I was OK with that first 105, but after the 67,200 my eyes rolled back in my head because we don't do numbers very well, and when I say "we" I mean "me, myself and CBW" because I/she/we can shift from first to third person (singular or plural) quicker than the gears on a race car.
The Soil Survey wants CBW to stop talking so it can say more:
"Elevations in the county range from sea level to about 70 feet. The average elevation is approximately 10 feet, but in a considerable area, the elevation is 5 feet or less."
CBW here, wishing to point out that she is laughing hysterically at the above understatement. In fact, she's slapping her thigh and stomping her foot to punctuate that
The only thing that's 70 feet above sea level around here is nothing if you exclude troposphere and the towers in the woods behind the high school. The bank along the Piankatank River at the bridge which connects us to Middlesex might be more than a few feet high, but otherwise the "considerable area" that is everything else is at or below sea level for all intents and purposes.
Since the Soil Survey and I have come to a disagreement, I think it's time to call it a post.
p.s. Unrelated to the Soil Survey, the photo above was taken at Bethel Beach. What drew me was the curvy "s" shape of the shoreline at low tide. I fixate on things like that and truly wish I could devote as much energy and attention to detail to other aspects of my life such as housework and bill paying, but thankfully it's Saturday and I will not entertain such hideous thoughts.
May your Saturday be filled with thoughts of a curvy shoreline, with nary a bill or chore in sight.