September 14, 2012
Watering the Roads
It really is the little differences that stand out the most between life in the South and life in the far North. One of the first things I noticed walking around downtown Rankin is that the roads are always wet, even though it doesn't rain that much.
Turns out, the hamlet has trucks that drive around every morning "watering" the streets. Because the roads are made of gravel and there is no vegetation up here, the streets can get dusty. Really dusty. With winds of up to 60 km/h, just in the week that I've been here, the dust can be brutal. So watering the roads every day keeps the dust down.
Now if they could only do something about the mud...