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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.
Tragedy Almost Struck When We Left
- How My 4 Pound Dog Had To Be Rescued
Nearby to where the canyon is located there are some water flumes that carry water from snow runoff from high in the mountains down into the lower towns. My dog fell into the cold, rushing water which required me to jump in and rescue her. Once she w
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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!
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