Sunday, October 18, 2015

Lake Berryessa

We spent the weekend out by Lake Berryessa, invited by friends who had won the house (for the weekend) at a school auction. From our vantage (southeast of the major portion of the lake), we had a great view of the lake.

This was our view from the back deck.

The bad news was that if you looked closely, you noticed that a lot of the lake seems to be missing. In good times, the lake swings between about 430' and 440' above sea level. In 1992, at the end of the last big drought, it was at about 361' above sea level. Right now, it's at just below 400', so not as bad as the last drought, but not so great, either.

We walked across lots of dry land that once clearly was underwater.

Anders fished a bit.

So did Sigrid.

It was very peaceful down by the lake.

Soren and I went off in search of a closer look at some of the many raptors overhead...

...but even up close (like right next to the tree with this guy), it was hard to get a good picture with the camera on a cell phone.

But Soren and I did find this old GM V8 engine block, which I assume was underwater until the drought.

Anders found this antler near the house, but sadly misplaced it before we left for home.

Soren worked on his latest lego rental—a motorcycle.

We also hiked a bit near the lake.

Lake Berryessa was created when the Monticello Dam was built, between 1953 and 1958. Before the reservoir was filled, trees were chopped down, and buildings razed. I don't know if this stump dates back to then, but it seems possible.

We saw lots of deer... and lots of turkey vultures. This seemed like evidence that the two populations sometimes meet.

Intrepid adventurer.

Some of the intrepid adventurer's souvenirs.

It began to rain, just a bit, as we were getting close to leaving, which made for some dramatic clouds.

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