“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.
Yesterday after a full day of house, yard and garden chores and 15 pounds of new River Bar Soaps, we hopped into our little Walker Bay 10 and enjoyed an hour on the river. Exquisite end to the day and a delightful pleasure we both enjoy so much. Rick mans the oars up river and I take over on the way back down. Translation: he does all the hard work while I take pictures, then I practice my rowing while the current floats us back to the truck and trailer. Continue reading
I’d like to revisit the Memorial Day post where I mentioned that rain was not uncommon for Del Norte County at this time of year. As Rick and I were driving over the Hiouchi Bridge last weekend, we reminisced about a rainy Memorial Day weekend from the past.
Until 1989, the Hiouchi Bridge was this rare and beautiful cantilever truss bridge that spanned the Smith River along Highway 199. Built in the 1920s, it was already scheduled for replacement when its demise was abruptly hastened. On March 31, 1989 this historic structure suffered serious damage when an overheight, overweight truck crane struck two of the cross frames on its south side. Continue reading