Friday, July 17, 2009

Come With Me....

Today Mr. Squash and I went fishing to one of our favorite spots. (I guess I say "favorite spot" a lot - but any day fishing anywhere is a favorite spot!) Walk along the trail with us to the South Fork of the Sauk River...

Here it is mid-July, but the mountain Columbine is in full bloom! The white flower is Salmonberry, and I'm not sure what the little delicate blooms are - they resemble tiny bleeding hearts!

Shasta Daisy below - how can you not love these beauties? Below them - piggyback plants, or youth-on-age.
It doesn't get any better than this....look at Mr. Squash below on one of his first casts of the day! That is Goat Peak in the background.
It was really hot today, so we both wore our neck buddies! You pop them in the water for about ten minutes before you put it on - the crystals inside puff up and retain the cool water for several days! Now today was so hot that they needed frequent "dipping" to stay cool, but they really do help keep you cool!
Uh - oh.....Rambo goes fishing again! Signs like this just invite us in. Well, not really - we know the area quite well...there is actually a way around that is much safer! What this sign does for us is keep other people off the river and away from our catch - LOL!
It finally got so hot on this part of the river that we packed up, walked out and drove several miles back down the road to Camp Silverton. Follow my link to Camp Silverton for a great article from 1960 about camping there (admittedly, I was there prior to 1960!). I've mentioned this spot in previous posts - it is nearly "sacred" to me as it holds some of my fondest childhood memories! Below is what greeted us after we walked into the river looking for a place to eat lunch before fishing. We know this mess was made by people we saw there last week as the broken float tube is the same one they were using the day we saw them. How sad.
We spent an hour or so picking up the burned cans and glass and trash, then breaking apart the firepit. They even had the nerve to burn an old picnic table from the school camp - the firepit was littered with nails and screws from it. We did our best to return that part of the area back to normal, but the memory of this lingers....
After cleanup we fished a while longer. Below is another example of Rambo Goes Fishing - Mr. Squash gingerly picking his way to a nice hole. This doesn't look so bad until you see the wider angle shot down below!
I was definitely not a "Rambo-ette" today....rather preferring to snap photos and fish closer to the shore!
We had a showing of the house last week. No offer came from it, but we're encouraged!

16 comments:

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

Oh, what beautiful country, I love seeing the daises just growing wild. I can see where you would have many favorite places, such beauty. And to be spoiled by lazy, not caring people. How kind of you and Mr. Squash, to clean up after them. Thank you for sharing that beautiful part of our country. Have a wonderful weekend!!

Kim said...

It's always shocking to see vandals at work. Good job that you went back in and cleared away the remains (thank you!) so the earth and your heart can heal from such sad behavior of others. Have to wonder at the mentality of those who did this. This is a rustic beauty this area. I can see why you return time and again. Good to hear of the house showing. The market should be picking up again for the autumn sales.

Ulla said...

Great fishing place! There are stupid, littering people all over the world, but luckily there are also people like you who care and clean after them.

Stephanie said...

How peaceful and serene. It's sad when other's can appreciate the beauty and CLEAN UP AFTER THEMSELVES!!! Thanks for sharing your outing. Enjoy your weekend and everything is crossed for your house.

sewtakeahike said...

I can see why this is one of your favorite spots Candace! Those views are fabulous! Thank-you so much for taking the time to clean up the garbage left by others to keep "our favorite" and beautiful outdoor spots pristine!

Linda said...

Beautiful photo's Candace, I think if i were there I'd be putting my fishing rod down and diving in for a swim.

Quilt Hollow said...

I've sat here catching up on your blog (finally!). OMG....I want to fish with you guys! My husband doesn't fish...never has...never will. I grew up fishing with my family/relatives as a child. The area you fish is gorgeous. Life is good!!

Melanie said...

Good luck with the house selling. We too are on the market. I know what you mean about leaving the area as you found it and not littering. When we finished camping, the girls went around looking for any escaped tent pegs and bits of litter. A good life lesson for them.

Jackie said...

You certainly do live in a beautiful part of the country. Even though I don't like fishing, I love the scenery and the plants. One day I'm just going to show up at your door with my knitting, a book, and my hiking shoes and say "let's go fishing"!

Purple and Paisley said...

you two have so much fun! ☺

the litter makes me sick...and sad...our poor earth...good for you for cleaning it up...you're a doll...☺

Libby said...

Oh it's too bad that everyone cannot be a good steward of the land. So glad that you took the time to repair what others had done. Such a beautiful place *s*

Carrie P. said...

I just found out that Columbine will grow in NC. I am going to give them a try sometime. What a beautiful place to hang out.
Oh man, when I see people abuse nature it burns me up. I wonder why it is so hard for people to clean up after themselves or why they have to throw litter out of their cars. I despise litter bugs. We have a new website in NC that you can report people when they throw litter out of theirs cars and I just reported someone last week. Okay I am done venting. I guess you know what my pet peeve is!

Mary said...

That surely looks like "God's Country". What a horrible shame that some people treat it that way. Kudos to you for picking up their mess.

Karen said...

How sad to see the littering. At least you had some fun fishing, and while it shouldn't have been your job to clean up, it's nice to know some people do care!

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

Sad that people don't treat things better. I don't understand it. What a lovely time. You two have the best times together.

Lisa D. said...

What a beautiful place, yet how sad that there will always be people who will tarnish the beauty. Thanks to you and Mr. Squash for cleaning up after them!