Friday, July 17, 2009

Skywatch Friday #53


The Fog Clears at the Mouth of the Mad River







The mouth of the Mad River is one of my favorite beaches in Humboldt County. It is possible to hike the beach or the Hammond Trail that follows along the river's landward side. This is such a lush area, full of life. If you ever visit, you will see a large family of sea lions, grey whales, osprey, perhaps a bald eagle, countless water birds, and occasional horses ridden along the beach or trail.

The river is by no means mad. The coastal flow of the river was part of the traditional land of the Wiyot People. When Eurpoeans were invading the lands of the local First Nations and "discovering" the area, the Joshia Greg party was seeking a way from the inland gold fields to the coast was the . Story goes that Dr. Greg threw a monumental hissy fit when his group crossed the river and he had to run into the water to catch a ride, getting drenched in the process.

Whether sunny, cloudy, misty, or clear, you will find more lovely skies at Skywatch Friday.

8 comments:

Louise said...

Pretty pictures. I love the ones especially with the wildflower-covered hillsides in the foreground.

Mike said...

Love the splashes of colour there :)
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nonizamboni said...

Dreamy photos and miles of water. Perfect choices!

mj said...

I spent my college years at Humboldt State University in Arcada. I lived in Fieldbrook and did my student teaching in McKinleyville. Your photos brought back some very old, but very nice memories. Thanks for sharing the beauty of the Pacific Northwest.

Ida said...

Lovely series.
Very beautiful! :))

Lori Skoog said...

Great shots as usual. I also love what your wrote.

CTG Ponies said...

What a beautiful place! I love the fog on the water.

One Red Horse said...

thank you everyone for your visitis and comments!