Stand Up Paddleboarding and Rubicon Trail

Ann wants to introduce me to stand up paddleboarding. I don’t go for the headstand like she does, but it does seem like a great way to get out on the water.

Standup Paddle Shop

My first paddleboard launch

Ann inverts at sea

Ann paddleboard headstanding

Me doin' the SUP

We come ashore

Neither of us fell off the paddleboard, so we go for the voluntary dunk. You can tell from our expressions how nice and warm the water is.

A short cold dip

A short cold dip

Lunch is great. I’d tell you where we ate, but they tell Ann’s dad not to photograph their sign, so I guess it’s a secret.

Family lunch

After lunch Ann, dad, and I get dropped off for an end-to-end hike of the Rubicon trail. This is a great shore hike that tours Emerald bay and the deep Rubicon bay, passing a restored lighthouse. Bird sightings include mergansers, a diving western grebe, and a gorgeous pileated woodpecker (sorry no picture).

Hiking

Mergansers

Lighthouse

Bench view

There’s no more sign of snow, but they’re ready for its return.

Snowcat

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6 thoughts on “Stand Up Paddleboarding and Rubicon Trail

  1. Odd indeed, but it seemed to be working! And even though I was annoyed that they tried to shut down Ann’s dad, I’m not sure where else I would eat in the area. Hmm…

  2. Wow, Dylan away from land! Nice work, Ann, getting your man out on the water. I’m totally impressed that you didn’t fall in, great work! You’re natural boaters. Pretty soon, you’ll pull up stakes and move to Hawaii! 🙂

  3. Did you know that if you measured from the bottom of the ocean (base of the mountain) to the top of Mauna Loa in Hawaii, it would be one of the tallest mountains on earth? The Hawaiian range is amazing, and really lovely. Not that I’m trying to get you there. But, you know, just saying. There’s mountains in the ocean too. 🙂

  4. I’m not against seeing Hawaii. I just get wiggy when my horizon gets overcome by water … maybe climbing a Hawaiian peak would let me acclimatize slowly to the freakiness.

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