Friday, October 15, 2010

Leaving the Bay

We are heading toward Martinez Yacht Club on Friday and we have one more night before we head to our perspective marinas. This is what we look like out on the water. There's nothing like boating on the California Delta.

The Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta is an example of an inverted river delta, one of only a few worldwide. It is the largest estuary on the United States' Pacific Coast.

The fan-like area of the delta moves downstream, as the two rivers are forced to exit the Central Valley through the Coast Range via the narrow channel known as the Carquinez Strait, which leads to the San Francisco Bay and mainly the Pacific Ocean through the Golden Gate. The delta consists of myriad small natural and man-made channels (locally called sloughs), creating a system of isolated lowland islands and wetlands defined by dikes or levees. The delta islands are not islands in the classic sense, but are referred to as such because they are completely surrounded by water and are so isolated in many cases that they are accessible only by boat, ferry or aircraft. An extensive system of earthen levees has allowed widespread farming throughout the delta. Its peat soil makes it one of the most fertile agricultural areas in California and arguably even the nation, contributing billions of dollars to the state's economy. Certain specialty crops, such as asparagus, are grown in the delta in quantities unmatched anywhere else in the United States. The delta and its "Thousand Miles of Waterways" are a recreation destination. The warm, breezy summers are popular among water skiers and boaters and even the chilly, foggy winters draw fishermen and hunters. Source: Wikipedia


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20 comments:

  1. Looks wonderful. Have a great time

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  2. You all look mighty fine out there! I'll just wait for you here at the yacht club pub and keep your chair warm.

    Big hugs :]

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  3. That just looks like so much fun! I'll bet the cruise gives y'all a different perspective on the city view. While I've seen the city from a Sausalito ferry, I know it's just not the same as your view.

    Inverted delta? Interesting!

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  4. Wow, that is a terrific video. That looks like so much fun. You are so fortunate to be able to do all that boating. Take care and have a wonderful week end.

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  5. Woof! Woof! Have a wonderful trip. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

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  6. way cool! happy boating honey! tell zane i bought a bunch of beads...

    smiles, bee
    xoxoxoxoxoxo

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  7. beautiful. and color me jealous!

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  8. it was and is wonderful Darlin
    zily

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  9. Looks like a lot of fun :) Keep enjoying Sandee!

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  10. Living in Stockton, I was always quite fascinated with the Delta and with all of the little towns and out of the way places that could be found out there. I think it's part of California that not too many people are aware of.

    And you get to see it from the past vantage point possible!

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  11. wow..boating again...i wish i was there haha.

    Thanks for the visit and comment Sandee.

    Have a great weekend

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  12. Now I do understand what you meant in you're comment on mine: You're defiantly a summer girl :-)

    Enjoy you're weekend!

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  13. I have never been to CA, and I've only ever seen pictures of the Golden Gate. The video makes me feel like I'm right there.

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  14. That does it! I'm taking my wife on a cruise next year.

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  15. Oh Sandee, I LOVE the video! It was cool to sort of experience it with you.

    Have a wonderful time and thank you so much for sharing!

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  16. I haven't had time to comment on each post, but I have loved reading them. Thank you so much for taking the time to share with us. You live in a beautiful place and have a great "hobby". Enjoy the rest of your week.

    Hugs from PA!

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  17. What a great, fun thing to do! The movie was a really good way to share the experience!

    And I never knew anything about the California Delta! I'm picking up all sorts of trivia knowledge here tonight!
    ;-)

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