Old Man River

 

Let’s see… how do I express my love for the rivers of the Sierra Nevada? After spending this past weekend camping on the North Yuba’s lower elevations with a group of awesome people, I feel like I neeeed to.

Our favorite swimming hole on the Yuba; site of our weekend shenanigans, including some excellent (if not brisk!) whitewater tubing.

Our favorite swimming hole on the Yuba; site of our weekend shenanigans, including some excellent (if not brisk!) whitewater tubing.

 

“Going to the river” is my method for effectively de-stressing these days. I’m not sure what I would do if the pristine waters of the Gold Country foothills or the High Country beyond that dried up.

Perhaps that’s why I’ve been so freakin’ freaked out about the drought here in California. Perhaps? Maybe?

No matter the season, though, when I get away from the city, into the mountains, and near the water, everything else melts away like spring snow.

The rock cries out today, you may stand on me,
But do not hide your face.

Across the wall of the world,
A river sings a beautiful song,
Come rest here by my side.

– Maya Angelou, On the Pulse of Morning

Maya Angelou is a great poet, and that’s a great poem. She’s right about the timelessness of creation that flows in a great river; it’s ability to deliver peace and unity. But the best way I can express how it feels to “come rest by the side” of the amazing rivers flowing through our mountain home is in photos.

Of course.

Sam, dusk on the Yuba at Rocky Rest.

Sam, dusk on the Yuba at Rocky Rest.

The incredible swimming hole – the location of which we will not name – on the Feather River.

The incredible swimming hole – the location of which we will not name – on the Feather River.

The Mighty Merced; entrance to Yosemite Valley.

The Mighty Merced; entrance to Yosemite Valley.

North Fork Stanislaus, near our house in Arnold.

North Fork Stanislaus, near our house in Arnold.

With Sam in the South Fork Stanislaus, at Knight's Ferry.

With Sam in the South Fork Stanislaus, at Knight’s Ferry.

And, GOD I AM SO HAPPY IT’S SUMMER, because that really is the best season for rivering.

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See all our pics of summer camping kickoff 2016 on the Yuba here.

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2 thoughts on “Old Man River

  1. Margaret Wisniewski says:

    You have captured the essence of what water can do for the body, the mind and the spirit. It is restful and healing and beautiful. That is why it is good to spend time near the water. You are blessed to have it in your back yard! And even more blessed to realize that you need it to stay healthy and balanced. Keep going to the water to rest and heal. I hope to join you soon there one day. What an amazing gift! (Sammy is one lucky dog!)

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