Frost over the weekend drops all the leaves. Like golden doubloons, spinning in cerulean blue space, breaking with a soft snap, showering and whispering. Driving behind Lake Siskiyou, up into the mountains,Read More
For all the younger people reading this, when you hear folks say they are busier after retirement, I can attest the truth of that statement. Between caring for Bruce after his second surgery for a hernia, painting, writing, visiting with family, I try to carve out a few minutes for yoga and relaxing.
I am sending one more fire fighting image, showing the red plume of fire retardant releasing from a specially outfitted plane. Look closely in the lower corner and you will see the flames.
After playing in the yard, picking windfall apples out of the grass, Nai Nai, my son James and my granddaughter Maddie visited one of several parks in our small town. The city park near the Sacramento River combines botanical gardens, children's playground and river. Maddie has been active in toddler gymnastics in her hometown in Eugene. Here she shows her stuff on the rings with Dad in the background.
We picked up Bruce and went downtown for lunch at the brewery which makes several of their own brews, utilizing Dunsmuir's Best Water on Earth. http://www.dunsmuirbreweryworks.info/
As the day wound down and the sun was dropping behind Mt. Bradley, we visited Tauhindauli Park at a historic site in Siskiyou County, the first Euroamerican settlement in 1852. Prior to that date Tauhindauli clan of the Wintu indians lived here. This is a natural park restored with native plants and natural river features. Fishermen and kyakers use it.
Over the weekend after Labor Day, I went camping with my son, nephew and their families at Wright's Beach in Sonoma County, north of San Francisco. http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=451 This is a beginning of a tradition of family camping. Each person wrote or drew pictures in the album. Here are some excerpts:
Overnight "Racoons came by and stole James, Amy and Madelaine's bacon! We found some footprints and trash on the floor, so we figured out what the wooden boxes at each campsite were for..." Ana
"Doran County Beach http://www.sonoma-county.org/parks/pk_doran.htm --breezy, catamaran race turning around an orange buoy--horses on the beach--para-foil style beach kites" Cher
"Wright Beach Happy Hour--wine by the glass/box, Reverie Sancerre French Sauvignon Blanc, Shiraz--Australia, Fleure, Cru Beaujoulais--France. Almond stuffed crocked green olives, acme baguette, soprasseho salmi, Persian medjool dates and French feta. Cheese course: Cowgirl creamery (California) http://www.cowgirlcreamery.com/ --Mt Tam Wagon Wheel, (Spain)--Manchego Ibenco" Malini
"Amy and I prepared shrimp and scallop fettechini alfredo for the first camp dinner ... We drank some awesome Belgium beer http://www.visitbelgium.com/?page=beer-lovers and we had a lovely sit down dinner at the camp table. Even with a table cloth." James
"Last night we spied the Cosmos 1484 satellite http://www.n2yo.com/satellite/?s=14207 directly overhead among the vast amount of visible stars. Now it is time to pack up our dewy tent and say good bye." Jon
See you later
wo dasuan xiage xingqi hui beijing. kanwan bai de shan yihou, wo yao hui beijing. beibian de jalifornia zai wode jia. wo he laogong kanwan dahai, ranhou women hui dunsmuir. wo hui hua da hai de tu pian. beiban de jalifunia baitian hen re, wanshang hen leng?
August 3 we drove from Redding to the Coast and returned on August 4. The entire round-trip was 465m or 748km. Redding to the coast-- Kan da hai It was 70-degrees F (21-degrees C) in Willow Creek. Queen Anne's Lace was thickly blooming by the side of the road. Lots of mixed conifer and hardwood, Douglas fir, madrone, oak and maple. In the ditch beside the little two-lane hwy 299 was petasite's large palmate leaves, also equisetum, thimbleberry and purple thistle as we drove through the forest on the winding mountain road with the sunroof open. More bracken fern, wild red-purple foxglove, tiny little blue, pink and yellow flowers in with the tall dried grasses.
As we approach the coast, I see an offshore cloud bank slowly rolling in. 6% downhill grade to McKinleyville. We pass Blue Lake Rancheria Tribe casino, dairy farms, squash truck garden. Now it's a big 4-lane highway, we are traveling with pickups, RV's and logging trucks. Port Orford cedar and a kind of Monterrey Cypress, orange and yellow nasturtiums in with the blackberries climbing the fence next to the road. Giant coastal dark green pines, eucalyptus.
Dropping down to Clam Beach dunes, the fog bank keeps coming, but still sunny where we are heading north on 101. Shady patches on the highway as the cloud cover finally blows onshore.
Sign for Marine Laboratory Humboldt State University and Trinidad pop. 311. Red crocosmia, purple agapanthus, all color dahlias, spicy pink Cecile Brunner in full bloom. Clam chowder, coffee for Bruce, glass of white zin for C. $17 + tip (109Y). 59-degrees F (15-degrees C) at 5pm, Patrick's Point. Cow parsnip 1.5m (5-feet) in the Redwood forest, gray-green moss hanging from branches.
Stopped to paint at Big Lagoon. Elk napping in tall grass in Elk Prairie, only huge antlers showing. Cerus canadensis are native to North America, China and Korea. Full grown males weigh 320kg (710#), are 1.5m (5-feet) high at the shoulder and antlers 1.2m (3.9-feet). Here is a neat website on elk: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elk
August 4 French toast & coffee $15 (96Y), added $40 (258Y) @ $4/gal (about $1 per liter or 6.5Y per liter) gas in Explorer.
Cruised through Crescent City, hit by tsunami March 11, 2011, result of devastaing Japan earthquake. Caused damage to boats in harbor. Crescent city has had 31 tsunami events since 1933. In March 27, 1964 an earthquake off Anchorage, AK, set off a tsunami of 4 large waves which destroyed 289 buildings and businesses, 1,000 cars, 25 large fishing vessels, 12 dead, 100 injured and 60 city blocks inundated with 30 city blocks totally destroyed.
Stopped to paint Battery Point LIghthouse. The big tsunami waves of 1964 rolled over the top of this lighthouse. Sweet beachy morning, pale sunlight, patchy clouds, low tide, pale blue-qian lansede- sky reflecting in tidepools, sharp smell of low tide, handful tourists strolling the jetty and across tidelands to visit lighthouse.
Bruce cleaned my brushes while I packed up and we headed up Hwy 199, following Smith River through mighty Redwoods east, back to home in Siskiyou County. Near Patrick's Creek saw gorge cutting through the rock with little trees clinging to the steep rock cliffs.
Deli sandwiches $11.00 (71Y) + drinks. O'Brien just over the Oregon border at 1.400-feet (426m) elevation, sunny 84-degrees F (29-degrees C). Can see big puffy thunderclouds east behind ridge of Siskiyou Mountains. 4,800-feet (1463m) at the pass. Ox-eye daisies, fireweed and hypericum perforatum growing up in cracks in the side of the road. Passing logging trucks occasionally, orange aquilegia and turk's cap lily. Hwy 96, following Klamath River around China Peak elevation 4100-feet (1249m), 92-degrees F (33-degrees C) at 3pm.
A quick check online produced no results for the history of China Peak or explanation of the name. Anyone out there who knows about China Peak in Siskiyou County please let me know.
Hui tou jian