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  •  I like watersheds because they give me an idea of (15+ / 0-)

    which way is up and down. Down towards the Gulf of mexico or the Pacific on the other side. Just between CO and WY is a major one. Wyo is Columbia River, CO is colorado river that empties from CA into Mexico.

    I'm often constrained in one of my hobbies or pastimes by watersheds. The state often divides things by roads, rivers, etc, but just as often by the height of land between two differing watersheds. Easy enough to tell if you are in the woods on a side of a mountain.

    On the divide once when my kid was little and needed to take a leak I explained that if he pissed in that direction it would end up in CA, this way and it goes to Louisiana. He loved the idea.

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    by ban nock on Thu Jan 02, 2014 at 10:11:25 AM PST

    •  Excellent illustration! More on divides.... (4+ / 0-)
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      On the divide once when my kid was little and needed to take a leak I explained that if he pissed in that direction it would end up in CA, this way and it goes to Louisiana. He loved the idea.
      Another aspect of the "divides" is that they, at least occasionally, provided decent travel routing.  I know the California Trail roughly east-west through south-central Oklahoma was in large part along the divide between the Washita and (South) Canadian Rivers.

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      by bartcopfan on Thu Jan 02, 2014 at 10:28:10 AM PST

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    •  We do the same thing, with ashes. (4+ / 0-)
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      If you throw cremation ashes off one direction or the other, you send your loved one on a very different journey...

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      by nzanne on Thu Jan 02, 2014 at 10:37:41 AM PST

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      •  there is a hill in Potter County PA (1+ / 0-)
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        that drains to the Atlantic 3 ways.  though the Ohio River watershed and down to Gulf of Mexico;  into the Gennesse and out through the Ste Lawrence Seaway; and to the Susquehanna to the Chesapeake Bay.

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