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Updated on July 11, 2014

A Boy And His Dog: Hiking Buddies And Best Friends

On a large granite outcrop high above a deep canyon sits my son Wolfgang (Wolfie) with our (his) dog Pepper. Wolfie and Pepper are looking across a large canyon carved by glaciers thousands of years before. On the other side of the canyon next to more granite and a large vein of quartz is a pretty little meadow under some pine trees. Wolfie calls to me with delight pointing across the canyon, "Mom! We should camp over there sometime! We could hike up right over there. It would be easy!" I don't know how easy it would, but I'm sure we could get there because he was right, it sure would be a nice place to camp.

Located within the Tahoe National Forest in California Sierra Nevada Mountain Range off of Highway 80, Highway 20 and Bowman Lake Road (Forest Road 18) near Yuba, California, this large canyon was carved out during a period of glaciation in the area. The glaciers were here some 10,000 or more years ago. At the base of the deep gorge, the South Yuba River meanders slowly amidst varying sizes of granite and other types of rocks. Mangled trees and brush lay still in the river and along the river's edge which is evidence of the varying changes in the flow of the water. Several feet below us is what looks like the perfect swimming hole filled with crystal clear water from the Sierra Nevada snow runoff of the previous winter.

The Full Size Photo - Our Papillon Pepper With My Son Wolfie

This is one of the best views in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. See the white strip running up the size of the hill near the meadow and trees? That's a really lengthy and wide vein of quartz.

My First SquidWoot Challenge

This is my first SquidWoot Challenge lens for The SquidWoot Week 4 Challenge: Create a lens about a photo that you took.

The Little Swimming Hole

To illustrate the distance from where we were standing, here is a photo of the swimming hole at the bottom of the canyon. It's further than it looks.

Here's a zoomed-in photo of the swimming hole. It's so clear and clean. I wanted to hike down to it so bad to see it in person.

The Little Meadow Under the Trees

Here is a photo looking across the canyon. Doesn't the grass beneath the trees look like a great place to camp? Someday I am going to hike over there and hopefully camp.

To the left of the meadow there is a white white quartz vein that runs across the whole canyon and beyond.

Quartz vein in the hillside

As you can see, the quartz vein continues up the side of the granite and seems to keep going for a while. Notice the tunnels carved into the hillside. I'm not sure why they are there, probably something to do with the quartz vein.

Canyon carved by glaciers thousands of years ago

Here is the view looking to the northwest. You can imagine how it must have looked when the glacier was once situated here and the reason this canyon was formed.

In the distance behind the dam lays Lake Spaulding.

On the other side of this dam is Lake Spaulding.

The Rest Of The Pictures

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More about these pictures

These photos were taken back in June of 2012 on one of my many adventures. On this particular day, I decided to take a detour off of the freeway when my kids and I were on our way home from our family cabin in the mountains. I wanted to show them the flumes (where the water from the winter snow runoff is brought down from the higher elevations to nearby towns) and across the road from the flumes, a great lookout spot. When we were leaving, my little four pound papillon dog Tina decided to run ahead of us. Tina ended up falling into the freezing, fast-moving water quickly rushing down from the higher elevations of the Sierra Nevada Mountains from the flumes. I didn't hesitate when I saw Tina and jumped into the rapidly flowing deep green cold water to retrieve her from it's clutches. Once I got Tina out, I then realized I wasn't able to pull myself out. I told my son that I couldn't get out so he and his sisters and their friend started trying to flag down passing cars. A few cars passed by until someone finally stopped to come to our aid. They were two ladies from Berkeley, California, who were going on a camping trip. They told me that they had seen the children near the road and were worried so they stopped. One of them was able to pull me out and they helped me out with my scraped up knees and hands. Luckily everything turned out okay and we all got home safely, with the exception of my 35 millimeter digital camera. I had it around my neck on the camera strap when I jumped in the water and it got wet. Although I put it in a bag of rice for a few days to dry it out, it still doesn't work. So this was the last day I was able to use it. But that doesn't matter, what matters is that Tina and I were safe and everything turned out all right. And, it's a good thing that SD cards are waterproof so my photos didn't get ruined!

Thank you for visiting my lens and looking at the photos. I appreciate your visit and I hope you have a great day or night. : )

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      Michey LM 5 years ago

      Great story, and I am glad the end was positive, but... the adventure I am sure wasn't easy to get through.

      Very emotional lens, beautiful pictures. Blessings!

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      naomiyoung 5 years ago

      Great pictures! I love them.

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      erin-elise 5 years ago

      @JoshK47: Thank you. But I can't let the credit go to the cellphone camera, I was able to take some photos with my 35mm before it got wet and luckily, memory cards are waterproof so I was able to get them off of the card.

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      erin-elise 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Thank you!

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      kgdunst 5 years ago

      thanks for sharing Erin. They're amazing shots by cellphone. Great lens!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great lense,

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      erin-elise 5 years ago

      @thememorybooksh1: Thank you!

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      erin-elise 5 years ago

      @MizzMary: Hi MizzMary, you're right about that.

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      erin-elise 5 years ago

      @tamstone: Thanks! It was a pretty awesome day, at least at that point. : )

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      erin-elise 5 years ago

      @JoshK47: Thank you! I'm so glad that you liked it. Thanks for the angel blessing too.

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      What a truly wonderful lens! Thanks for sharing - blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      lifebroker-australia 5 years ago

      Great story!

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      tamstone 5 years ago

      Awesome pics, looks like an awesome day!

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      MizzMary 5 years ago

      A good camera is worth a good dog any day. You will mourn the camera until you buy a new one, but the dog...

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      malena10 5 years ago

      Beautiful pictures, cute dog and your son!

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      anne mohanraj 5 years ago

      Lovely views! Great lens!

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      ae dc 5 years ago

      nice photos! the pictures of your son with your dog are my favorites! (*love love dogs). thanks for sharing!

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      thememorybooksh1 5 years ago

      Amazing photos, i like them all.

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      Fantastic Voyages 5 years ago from Texas

      Great photos! Glad that you were able to save them, even if your camera quit working.

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      pawpaw911 5 years ago

      Beautiful photos. Nicely done. Glad you and your little dog got out ok.

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      erin-elise 5 years ago

      @classifiedshi: Hi and thank you for visiting my lens.

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      classifiedshi 5 years ago

      nice information rich topic