Big Beautiful Chico Creek

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I took the time, last week, to walk through a small section of Bidwell Park in Chico, California.  It is a beautiful place, especially in the fall.  I started at One Mile, which is a swimming hole that is quite active during the summer, as it can get quite hot in Chico.

One Mile

One Mile

The walk was mostly down a dirt path that ran beside the Big Chico Creek.  It was quiet, except for the occasional bicycle or dog passing by.  Quiet, except for the falling of the giant leaves through the trees and bushes.  That was noisy, amazingly so.  Noisy too, was the crunching of those leaves beneath my feet.  It almost seemed as if they were exceptionally dry this year.  Quiet, except for the woodpeckers, pecking in the trees and the squirrels busily collecting nuts and seeds for the upcoming winter.  It was quiet and so very busy at the same time.  

Leaf on the Creek

Leaf on the Creek

I was forced to stop and reflect while the creek went rushing by.  It reminded me of many of the creeks and streams that ran through the neighborhoods, in Santa Cruz, where I lived as a child.  I always would stop to view the cool clear water creeks, as I found the water spiders and tadpoles completely mesmerizing in my youth.  

Gathered Water

Gathered Water

I was fascinated by the water on this leaf.  The sun was shining on it and sparkling in an extrodinary way.  (I guess that I haven’t left my youth behind as much as I tend to think that I have from day to day.)

Barely Hanging On

Barely Hanging On

The sun filtering through the leaves was so wonderful to view and it made my soul lift and feel free (child like).

Dry Leaf Floating Toward One Mile

Dry Leaf Floating Toward One Mile

The creek was still running at a good pace, even though we are in a drought, and I would watch the leaves as they would go floating toward the Little Chico Creek that runs through the University Campus.  As a child, I would have been creating leaf races on the creek, but there were enough leaves falling into the creek to create leaf races of their own.

Sunlight Through the Leaves

Sunlight Through the Leaves

I think it is important to stop and fill your mind with the colors, sights, and sounds of each season.  This place and the silences reminded me of Connecticut and the silence that I found there on the Long Island Sound.  I penned the final poem in my book, Imprints, while listening to the silence of the sound.  

Turning Vines

Turning Vines

There is a peacefulness that fills you, in the silences that you can find everyday.  You only need to seek out those silences.  Its hard sometimes, with our busy schedules to find the silence, but it’s there.  Listen…..

Going To The Dogs

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Salmon Lake

Salmon Lake

Last weekend my husband and I went fishing at Salmon Lake in the Sierra’s.  It was a rather gusty day but the fishing was good.  It was quite still at times, and then the wind would pick up and you could hear it coming before it swept down and touched your face.  There weren’t many people out on the lake but there were quite a few dogs sitting in kayaks and canoes, looking as pleased to be there as their owners were to have them tagging along.

Cody Taking A Ride

Cody Taking A Ride

The first dog was Cody and I asked his name thinking that it would be the only dog that I would see out floating on the lake.  I have been there many times and have never seen a dog gliding across the water.  Often they are playing fetch or resting on the banks of the lake.  Not too long after Cody had passed by a few times, came two more dogs.

Dog Two and Dog Three

Dog Two and Dog Three

They stopped for some time at the cove next to ours.  They were having a wonderful time playing on the bank and in the water.  Fairly soon after these dogs and owners left, came two more dogs.

Dogs with LIfe Vests

Dogs with LIfe Vests

There were again two dogs, one in one kayak and one in another.  I was a little late in capturing a good photo of the other dog.  But I can tell you that they both looked as happy as they could be.  These two, each had a life vest on.  It was my initial thought that these dogs were the most loved, because they were wearing life vests.  Upon thinking further, wouldn’t it be hard to do the doggie paddle with a life vest on?  Not to worry, as no one tipped over and they all looked like they were having a great time.  If the lake is, “going to the dogs,” I’m happy to see it.  Their presence brought an extra bit of joy to my watery surroundings.

Spring on Salmon Creek

Spring on Salmon Creek

I should mention that it is an excellent time to go see the wildflowers.  They are everywhere, next to streams, springs, and sprouting from the crevices of the rocks.  It’s quite good viewing right now.  I hope you’ll have the time to go enjoy this springtime weather soon.