Our friends invited us to go to a swimming hole, along with their dogs and some other friends and their dogs, so I think altogether we ended up with eight people and probably as many dogs. It was a very fun afternoon in a great place!
We were told that this spot is known as the Caldera beach. We drove through the town of Caldera and beyond, until we found the turn off down a very rocky and bumpy road that lead to the spot. Of course you can’t drive anywhere without seeing beautiful scenery all along the way, and of course I couldn’t resist some photos.
The swimming home is such a pleasant place. Rivers tend to be rocky but there were sandy areas near the shore. The water was high and bit muddy because of recent heavy rains, but we were told there is usually more beach, and the water is usually clear enough to see the submerged rocks which make great places to stand while you relax. We still managed to find quite a few though.
The dogs had a great time swimming and playing. The people also spent a most enjoyable time swimming and then relaxing under the tree. But like all good things, the time comes to head back home. Some gorgeous thunderheads were forming and I should have reached for my camera sooner.
On the drive home we could see the rain in the distance, then the wet roads, and I can’t remember if it was raining when we got home or if it started later. It’s been raining off an on for the rest of the afternoon though and it’s gotten quite cool (well cool for us, 74 now as the sun is setting). It’s really pleasant sitting out here on the terrace watching it rain after such a nice day. Thank you John and Susan for inviting us, for driving, and for showing us such a nice place!