Major loves water. And it is even better when it is splashy! Another boarder sent me this photo of Major playing in his water. I couldn't deny him, so we took a quick trip out to the lake. The water level is dropping quickly, but there are still some safe areas to play, and scare the geese with their babies.
|geese and babies float away while we watch|
|cool teepee, not scary|
|a shiny pinwheel on top, still not scary|
|this teepee, however, was very suspicious|
I like playing in the water too, so headed for the river on Memorial day. This portion of the river is the south fork of the American River, which is a huge destination for beginning rafting trips. On this day the powers that be raised the water levels, so the hordes of rafters could have a good time.
|lazy portion of the south fork|
|sunflower must be tasty to this skipper|
|some type of statice plant, could not ID|
|blackberry blooms, can't wait for the fruit!|
|our usual beach, mostly under water!|
|underwater flowers are good indicators of the higher water level|
|a rafting company supply boat goes through this small rapid|
|green trail home|
|beautiful, but non-native, rose campion|
|this scary caterpillar becomes a beautiful black pipevine swallowtail|
|a harmless flower longhorn beetle enjoys a pollen snack on white brodiaea|
|ubiquitous california poppy|
|huge oak guards the edge of the forest|
But eventually it is time to go home. This trail is a nice little loop, so back through some shady rocky trail to an open hillside covered in grasses. The cool water is almost forgotten by the time we are back at the hot car. But this is just the first of many river trips this season: the river beckons.
|harvest brodiaea stands tall in grassy field|