North of MM 4, Ogilby Road, Winterhaven, California
This morning our temperatures were in the more expected range of 52F/11C and later in the day it was warm enough to register 72F/22C and I sat outside in shorts and a t-shirt. It was a wonderfully warm experience. However I'm getting ahead of myself.
The water is not extremely deep here, the sides are pretty sandy and the bottom is a silt that is easily stirred up. It is very early in the Spring, so there is no new colours yet. A little colour in the grass, and the water is starting to move here, very shallow in 2021. Up river from the falls. The salmon come up here to spawn.
We loaded up the Dogsled with dirty laundry and headed off to town with a number of things in mind. Laundry took us about 2 1/2 hours for 5 big loads, washed, dried, folded and packed back into the truck. Next we stopped at Harbour Freight where I managed to snag some rope lights and I may go back for more. My original purchase of 3 strings years ago in Mississippi (at least 6) worked so well I wanted more. I have 1 string left from the original 3. I bought 3 more today. From there we headed down to Sports Clips on Pacific for hair cuts. We both came away with a lot less hair. Our final stop was Walmart for a few groceries. After that we headed home and had everything unloaded and completely put away (including all the laundry) by around 2 pm. Lunch was followed by the 'sitting outside' part mentioned above.
Getting closer to the falls. The cause of the disturbance is salmon steps in the river to help them manage the climb It gives them a place to rest from the current. The falls isn't very big but the water is fast and the rocks are slippery.
|I wonder how long that stayed there. |
I chatted with my dad tonight for about a half hour. We never really have much to say but we manage to find something. The weather there is very much a yoyo type thing, cold and warm, warm and cold, just depends on the moment.
The water moves very quickly even though it's pretty low. The trees cause a great deal of shade at the waters edge . Looking down river the water starts to calm a bit. I love the water spray, you can see the drops in the air above the falls.
I didn't take any photos today, not a single one. I have some left overs from some where but decided I wouldn't use those here. Instead I'm going to post some pics I took on April 14, 2021 back home on Manitoulin Island. It is a place we often visited when I was a young girl. We had many family picnics there with my dad's siblings and their families and us kids would walk along the top of the falls but far enough back that if we fell we wouldn't go over. It was a great spot to just sit and enjoy the cool water. Some years the water was high and moved very quickly from one bank to the other and other years there was little water and lots of space on both banks that were dry. Of course some years was in the middle of those extremes. The year 2021 the water was low and lots of stepping rocks were available. The spot is called Michaels Bay, the first white settlement on the Island. I hope you enjoy them.
The water moves rapidly and the salmon use the man made steps to help them get up. It's calmer up river and the water was very shallow that year. The bottom is rust coloured and very slippery. It is a place of my youth, and fond memories abound.
Until next time....
Take care, stay safe,