|A late summer paddle at an elevation of 7,200 feet|
We paddled among bone-dry granite boulders and gazed up at millions of gallons of water. The Sierra is always beautiful, but as fall approaches, there’s no moisture on the peaks, and precious little water left in some high country lakes. Mostly, it’s in the sky.
What spectacular clouds they are, billowing overhead in an ever-changing, aerial mosaic of tiny droplets so small that they flaunt the law of gravity. Magic to my eyes and to heck what science says. But let’s come down to earth, even though we’re paddling at more than 7,000 feet. On a late summer day, Silver Lake in El Dorado County is simply a gorgeous place to paddle.