You know, the last three months of backpacking, all the streams we crossed had some sort of bridge, be it a bunch of logs, a real bridge, or large rocks. I never had to wade through a stream. Maybe it is just Utah. I have only had to wade one stream in the last 5 years. But, then, I don't backpack as much as many here.
I've taken a vow of poverty. To annoy me, send money.