Swimming the Sierra …

When the temperature on my porch reaches 96 degrees in the shade, an alarm sounds, and all willing members of the household must load up in the dog car and drive 35 minutes west into the northern Sierra to Stampede Reservoir and jump in. On this day, our dog Abigail and I dipped the torsos. I manateed about for a half an hour while Super Dog swam laps around me. Stampede Reservoir is part of the Truckee River systen that begins in Lake Tahoe and terminates 125 miles east in the desert at Pyramid Lake. Stampede Reservoir is a water bank that allows water users across the region to make it through the long dry summer months, and this year, the lake level is low.

View to the north ...


View to the South ...


Super Dog loves to swim ...


And I love to cool my core temperature in the water on a sweltering day ...

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