Weekend Coffee Share – Coffee By The River

The American River Photograph by Sagittarius Viking

The American River

Last week we had our virtual coffee date on the top of a mountain, this week I felt like having coffee by the river. Are you up for a coffee by the river? The photo above is from the north Fork of The American River, in northern California. Even though I’m not there physically right now (I’m in Las Vegas,) I’m fairly sure you don’t have to worry about it being too cold. Would you like some coffee? Or maybe tea?

When I was pregnant with my daughter, we had a ranch only minutes away from where I took this photo. I’d say that there’s a special kind of people that thrive in mountain areas. Just like there’s a certain type of people that are drawn to the ocean, and a completely different type of people that are drawn to the desert, not to mention the people that want nothing but being surrounded by peaceful, tall forest. Do you think the landscape kind of shapes people into who they are? At least partly? I think it does, if you stay long enough in a place.

When we lived close to the river in the photo, our 80 acres was right by Eldorado National Forest, and it was possible to ride your horse all the way up to Lake Tahoe. I saw black bears most every day. There was mountain lions in the forest. The abundance of edible plants, berries, fruits, and mushrooms in the Sierra Nevada’s was like nothing I’ve ever experienced before. It was extremely appealing at the time, and I did a lot of exploring with my favorite horse Trigger. Actually all the way up until I was 7 months pregnant. The photo is of Trigger, and a very pregnant me, in Eldorado National Forest.

trigger

I’m not exactly sure what kind of horse Trigger was ( I found him emaciated tied up behind a trailer, with his tongue almost completely cut off in the middle.) My best guess is that he was a Quarter/Mustang Cross. Or maybe just mustang? Anyways, he was pure awesomeness. Trigger was sure footed, and had an exceptionally smooth gait.

Most people that I met in Gold Country, was laid back, and hard working at the same time. They had some kind of day job, but their life was at home. Home was usually by the end of a backroad, maybe several back roads. Their was no trespassing sign on every fence, and don’t thread on me flags everywhere. It might sound hostile, but it didn’t feel like that. It was more like people had integrity, they wanted respect, and they respected your space as well. I kind of liked it. It had similarities with the little mountain town I grew up next to, in northern Sweden. If you had to run into Sacramento, the nearest big city (usually a once a month thing,) and got delayed, you could call the local feed store and ask them to drop off a bale of hay in your horse pasture, and you knew that they would. Shaped by the beautiful, and somewhat harsh landscape, and a shared sense of survival?

How is your coffee? Do you need a refill? How is your week so far? What’s the weather like? The extreme cold chills that part of the country is experiencing are scary. I hope that you’re staying warm. Speaking of weather, I’m sure spring feels very far away for some of my friends, but I’ve started to go through my collection of heirloom seeds this week. In 2-3 weeks time we could realistically have perfect temperatures for starting some seeds here in southern Nevada. I will most likely do a smaller garden this year. I’ve ordered two very small green houses earlier this week, basically like two bookshelves, to start seedlings in. When they are bigger, I’m going to plant them in pots, that I’ll spread out along the fence line of the backyard. It’s kind of sad to not have a big garden and my own space, but I’m happy to be able to do some gardening. Even if it’s on a much smaller scale. I see it as a temporary setback, benefitting the bigger picture. I’m going to make the most out of it. Do you have any plans for a garden this year?

What’s going on in your universe? Any fun plans for the weekend? Thanks for enjoying some coffee by the river with me. Feel free to grab a refill 🙂

Love,

Ms Zen

22 Comments on “Weekend Coffee Share – Coffee By The River

  1. NorCal is so beautiful, I expect you miss it. Interesting to think that the landscape shapes people… I know for sure I am a deciduous forest person. There is wonderful light under them, as opposed to conifer forests that are much too dark for me. I also prefer temperate weather– extreme wet, dry, hot or cold aren’t for me either.
    The cold spell has finally broken thankfully, it was really getting to me! It weighs upon the psyche.
    Hope you have a great week ahead!

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    • Both yes and no Eliza. I do miss the landscape like crazy. But the truth is that the fire danger, that is pretty much constant during the hot months makes it not worth it for me to dream of moving back. It’s not the kind of danger you want to play with. Seeing friends loose the work of their lifetime in a matter of hours, several times, makes it an easy choice. I’m actually happy that I don’t have any property in northern California. I am very grateful for all the fabulous memories, and good time I’ve had there though.

      I’m glad you’re not in the cold anymore 🙂 I hope you’re having a great weekend!

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  2. Hi Maria, I have some great memories of both camping/hiking near that river as well as some caving. That is where most of the details for my Speleological Spiderman story came from. I’d be back up there for coffee in a moment because life up there is so peaceful compared to here in the coastal hills. I wish those years of hiking and camping could have lasted twice as long.

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  3. Thanks for the coffee! That area sounds like a great place, and not hostile at all to me. I can respect someone wanting their privacy, and in return, expect them to respect my privacy.

    Have a great week!

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  4. Wow, you used to see black bears every day? 😮 And I thought I was adventurous expecting a boar behind every bush and not even finding one of these. Just flamingos and bunnies… Oh, and nutrias! Do you miss living there much?

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    • Yes, in the beginning it felt very wild to see black bears that often. After a while it got more normal. I actually don’t miss it, but I loved it when I lived there. It usually doesn’t take very long for me to fall in love with a place, but there’s so many fantastic places out there. I hope you’re having a great week so far.

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  5. Lovely photographs! I’m definitely a “quiet streams and scattered groves of trees” person. For actual visiting and walking around, I find that I like hills and valleys, not too high and not too deep. I miss the groves of plum trees and scattered clusters of chokecherry bushes that used to be within walking distance of our house before I left for college. The town has grown, and expansion has wiped out most of the places where I used to wander. I enjoyed seeing the badger holes in the creek bank and the muskrat houses in the sloughs. The cottonwood trees I’d climb, book in hand, where I would spend the afternoon reading and not get home until almost dark.

    I think that those early life experiences shaped me. The calm, the lack of hurrying, time for reflection…being able to talk to myself out loud, dialogue with myself. The solitude and the silence. I cannot imagine being out in the world firsthand, people around me (or me, around people?) on a daily or even weekly basis. Life is too short to spend rushing through it. 😀

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    • That is so beautifully said Lizl! I felt like I was there with my book in my hand! Thank you for sharing that experience. I grew up in a similar way, enjoying the simple pleasures of a bike ride on a dirt road, walking in the mountains, reading a good book, seeing how close my sister and I could get to the wild rabbits in the woods (very close if you’re very still.)

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  6. Thanks for the coffee! Your mountain home sounds like it was serene and simple, two things we definitely need in this crazy complicated world. Ive never lived in the mountains but I do enjoy visiting them. We experienced some of the arctic temperatures here in NJ earlier this week. It’s odd seeing single digit numbers since that is not the norm around here. I’ll be quite happy when spring comes and you can plant your seeds!

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    • Thank you for having coffee with me Nancy. I love the simple things. I think you nailed, what I enjoyed the most about my mountains home. I hope you’re staying warm! It’s rainy and windy here today, but pretty warm.

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  7. Fabulous coffee today! I like all of God’s beauty and can probably live anywhere that is beautiful! Arizona is my beautiful!

    Trigger looked like an amazing horse.

    I’ll be back for more coffee next week!

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    • My pleasure Nancy! Thank you for your amazing company 🙂 I agree with you, I could easily live anywhere that is beautiful. Maybe not by the ocean actually. I have so much respect for the ocean. Have a fabulous day ❤

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  8. Beautiful shots of the area, Maria! Trigger looks so sure-footed in that photo, how fun to ride on the mountain trails! You reminded me, I’ve got to get my sunflower seeds started in their seed cups…just as soon as all this rain ends! Thanks for the coffee!

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    • Thank you Terri! I always felt so safe on Triggers back. He wasn’t easily spooked, and rather stopped to figure something out in his own head, rather than doing something stupid. Can’t wait to see your sunflowers!!

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