Your Typical Northern California Spring Weekend
(or mine, anyway)
Sunday, a spur of the moment inclusion of pretty Marie for our planned canoe excursion. Yay! Marie's never been in a canoe before!
I did some googling and found a great place nearby, called Delta Meadows. Its a small slice of Old Delta ecosystem, and more imporantly, its out of the way and few or no motorboats are nearby. A great place for us! I was able to drive right to the water's edge. First up is sun block.
Marie's first time in a boat!
Kaity's an Old Hand with this business, having survived earlier expeditions with me by the skin of her teeth.
We took a break for lunch and poor Kaity, she sat in a red ants' nest and got bit a few times before she realized it. She was NOT a happy camper. We relocated to the top of the levee where a constant breeze kept the mosquitos at bay and we looked to make sure where we sat!
After lunch Marie volunteered for front seat paddle duties. The smile says it all!
Thick riparian vegetation is the reward for the canoe viewer. We saw an egret, a red shouldered hawk, an osprey, lots of LBBs (little brown birds), sunning turtles, and one fish!
The wind was really howling though. 10-20 mph, all day, consistently. It was work, heading up wind. So we worked for a coulpe of hours heading up hill so to speak
and then were rewarded with lots of down hill coasting, perfect silence and that great canoe habit of sneaking in on the banks to see what's lurking there.
Oh and we left Marie sitting on a log that looked like Bob the Brontasaurus. Maybe she's still there! By Marie!