“How many people in the world,” my husband asked, “go for a walk after dinner and see a beaver swimming in the river?” We’ve had a bit of rain in the last 24 hours, and wanted to check the river’s rise. While standing on the bridge, we enjoyed the rare treat of a beaver sighting. As we watched, Rick gave a loud clap and the beaver dipped under the murky green, surfaced further along his trajectory, turned and looked in our direction and continued to the far side. We’ve seen beaver in this area for 40 years, but each infrequent time I see one, I’m so happy they are still thriving in this spot. In answer to Rick’s question, I’m thinking not many people in the world get to see a beaver on their after-dinner walk.
Rick was privileged to use his senior pass for the first time last week—to enter Yosemite National Park! Our Sacramento kids have fallen in love with Yosemite over the past several years and invited us to enjoy a hiking/camping weekend with them this summer. We have never traveled to Yosemite—well, Rick had been there as a little kid but didn’t really have much memory of it—so we were really excited about seeing this place we had only viewed in photographs.
This week, my husband and I went to our local US Forest Service office and he took advantage of his first “senior benefit” — an America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass. This $10 lifetime pass is a great benefit for those who have reached the mellow age of sixty-two. Some friends who are just ahead of us on this spectrum clued us in to this pass last year, and we didn’t wait long after Rick’s birthday to purchase his. Continue reading