Thursday, October 17, 2013

Anniversary Walk


October 17th is the anniversary of the Loma Prieta earthquake and our wedding anniversary. We got married three years after the earthquake, and picked that date for the earth shaking event that our wedding was. Hah! I've written about it here on the blog.
So, today we celebrated our 21st anniversary by taking a nice long walk up the Yuba River to Hoyt's Crossing. It's a 1.2 mile walk in to the beach. The South Yuba River Park Association says this about the trail, "Numerous down trails lead off the main trail to small beaches, smooth, water-sculpted granite perches, and pristine swimming holes." All true, it's beautiful even when the river is low at the end of the dry season. The granite and sunlight, the crazy clear water creating caustic rainbows, the sound of water flowing over giant boulders. It's a delight for the senses.
We were the only ones around, and despite the Hoyt Sign prohibition against CLOTHING, we kept our clothes on. We played a bit on the rocks like little kids, climbing around and acting goofy, getting to the top of smooth granite boulders and sliding down on our butts. Let me tell you it's fun to be ten years old again for five minutes.

We were lucky too to see these beautiful displays of caustics. The way the light and water interact is pretty spectacular. It doesn't always look like this, but when it does it makes me wish I were an artist of some sort, so I could try recreate this and hang it on the wall.
I think I would like a house to look as if it had been painted by someone who watched light and clouds and water. The natural world has color displays in places that you would never expect it. Who would look for shiny-rainbow-y peacock feather-like swirls in the shallows of a river? We do! We do!
The mountains are in full fall mode here too. We were surprised by these autumn colors. The day was warm and bright, and we had a perfect anniversary walk.

20 comments:

  1. I envy your eye. And I think you are an artist.

    Congratulations, Robin and Roger!

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  2. What gorgeous photos, especially of the water.
    Congratulations on your anniversary!

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  3. Pablo-- Thank you so much for the compliment and good wishes. We have a good friend who does mosaics. Imagine a backsplash designed to look like caustics. Oh wow, I would so totally love that.

    kenju-- I'm so glad you like the photos. Can you believe what water and sunlight look like? And, thank you for the congrats.

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  4. Congratulations!
    You are, as Pablo said, artists.
    Consider taking your photos to a store and having them enlarged and printed. At least one 6 x 8 foot print would be nice and it would make a wonderful anniversary gift to yourselves. Of course picking just the right one might be a challenge.

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  5. so lovely! and congratulations!

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  6. Thanks for sharing your anniversary walk with us. I feel like I'm down by the river with you guys when I see these. I was thinking of enlarging picture 5 for my wall then thought about what Ontario Wanderer suggested. But when you mentioned a mosaic backsplash I thought Oh yeah.

    So glad you've had 21 years together. I knew you would but it's gone by so quick. Now onward to forever right? Happy Anniversary.

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  7. Happy anniversary! What a beautiful way to mark the occasion.

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  8. You have an eye, and you use it, looking both up and down.

    I could imagine a backsplash using glass tiles. I think it might be done. Wouldn't that be something?

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  9. I do think you could have had an anniversary skinny dip. Congrats, sound like you had fun

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  10. Happy 21st anniversary! And what a beautiful way to celebrate it!

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  11. Ontario Wanderer-- Great idea about having the photo enlarged. Made me wonder if anyone ever made wallpaper out of a photo.

    kathy a-- Thank you for your good wishes.

    jsk-- Onward to forever, yes! Wish you could have been on this walk with us. You would have loved it.

    Miz S-- Thank you for your good wishes.

    Mark P-- Thank you for your kind words. And yes, a backsplash in glass would really be something. I can imagine it too.

    Bill-- An anniversary skinny dip... maybe next year. Hah!

    Susannah-- Thank you for your good wishes.

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  12. Good for you (two) and congratulations! The river and canyon are beautiful. Even on the best of days, "my" creek is never as clear as the Yuba, so enjoy your little slice of heaven there.

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  13. Happy Anniversary! What a great way to celebrate.

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  14. Scott-- The river drains about 1,339 square miles (3,470 km2) of the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada mountain range. It is pretty spectacular. Of course it had been mangled by miners, and there's a lot of work keeping those sparkling waters clear. It is beautiful. Thanks for the good wishes.

    NCmountainwoman-- Thank you for your good wishes.

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  15. Happy Anniversary! Also, daughter Maddie's birthday, and we never forget that her third birthday coincided with that crazy day back in Santa Cruz... Bethie could totally make that backsplash you imagine!! xo

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  16. Annie-- That earthquake was quite a rocking shaker, wasn't it? I'll never forget it. When I look at those rainbows in the water, I think of Bethie's art. Beautiful.

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  17. Belated Happy Anniversary. Love the "earth shaking" comparison. That water really is peacocky. Had to laugh at the sign. Clothes seems to have been an after thought. Looks like you had a great day.

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  18. Happy 21st Anniversary! Love the idea of onward to forever. That Yuba River landscape clearly celebrates the day with you.

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  19. Happy Anniversary to the both of you! What a beautiful place! The effect of the light and water is amazing. It's hard to take your eyes off of it.

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  20. Arkansas Patti-- Yes, that comparison was to show how minimal effect in the world it was. LOL! Oh yes, CLOTHES was an after thought. Someone added that to the real sign. It's true, though, we have seen many a naked body there.

    am-- Thank you for your good wishes. Yes, onward to forever. We go hand in hand.

    Pat Tillett-- I think the Yuba is a place you might enjoy visiting, Pat. It's got amazing photographic possibilities. I think you would love it. Glad you liked the Caustics.

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