Carefree Days by the Mud Run by Sally

In the 50’s and 60’s Mud Run was great fun for children growing up close by. Summer was a time for fishing. We caught sun fish, blue gills, yellow belly cat fish, bass and carp. We also liked playing in the creek trying to catch crawdads and frogs and sometimes getting out to find that our legs were covered with leaches. One summer my brothers gathered scrap wood, nailed it together to make a raft to float down Mud Run. Don’t think it worked quite as well as planned but did provide a lot of entertainment that year.

One winter in the late 50’s the creek flooded the corn field in front of our home. It froze and provided a wonderful huge skating rink, we could skate on the whole field, it felt like we could skate for miles. Because it was so windy we got the idea of sail skating. Holding a sheet between us we let the wind carry us the whole length of the field.

I have many great memories of Mud Run. A secret hide out under a small bridge in the pasture. Eating mulberries right off the trees around the creek. I feel fortunate to have all of these memories.

The Mud Run Conservancy is dedicated to the well-being of the Mud Run Watershed. This valuable resource encompasses over 20 miles of waterways and includes the Mud Run Creek, Clear Creek, a major tributary, two minor tributaries, fens, wetlands and dozens of natural springs.