Tuesday, October 6, 2009

River Otters and Cardio-Fitness

I have been trying to walk more.  I am getting a bit behind on my heart and can tell the difference.  But I haven't really made the jump to Fortuna in my heart disciplines yet.  Walking around here doesn't feel as necessary and I think I left the habit in Morgan Hill.  Anyway, it is stupid because within five minutes of our house are some of the most incredible places I have ever been.  So, I figured if I have to walk more, I should follow Harriet's lead and do it in beautiful places.

Harriet is twenty five hundred miles away, so I have been talking the kids into going with me to the river.  I found a great place on the Eel at the mouth where there are some island and it is gorgeous.  So, after dinner, the kids and I raced the sun to the Eel and walked over the bridge.  I haven't been out there when it has been this dark and we just had color in the sky and dark ripples in the river.  When there was a black spot on the water that was behaving oddly.  Soon, joined by another one that started diving and reappearing and suddenly there were big fish jumping out of the water (when I say big fish, I mean BIG FISH) and finally a black dot champing away on a fish on his belly and the other swimming away contentedly.  Magical.  And that must have been great for my heart.

1 comment:

  1. Greetings- By happenstance I stumpled on your blog- the two of yours I should say-by way of looking something up on the web. I saw my name referenced in a google list which lead me to your blog- but I am pretty sure it was another Debbie Israel. Anyway...... in a strange coincidence I worked in Humboldt County for 20 years and was the planner in Fortuna from 1981-1986. Reading your blog made me think of a couple of people that are great folks and that you might want to meet. Janelle Egger and Neil Palmer who have lived there for many years. Janelle is a font of knowledge about environmental things and housing. Neil is the local radiologist and is part of long term family in Fortuna. Mel and Holly Krebs are great as well. Mel runs the local CCC headquarters in Fortuna and Holly is a farmer/artist and many other things. Janelle and Neil are in Fortuna and Mel and Holly are in Weott still I think. But they come to town often (where Mel works)and Holly is a founder of the farmer's market in Fortuna. Both couples have children that I think are actually teenagers now but they jknow lots about the schools. They are all in the phonebook I believe and just tell them that Debbie Israel thought you should give them a call. How's that for advice from a complete stranger?? I wouldn't normally do this but it seemed so strange that you would know a "Debbie Israel" and then land in Fortuna where I had been. About judging people--from one of blog postings---- Humboldt County had a long history of doing that but I believe they are finally done with that- or at least the extreme version. There are many things to enjoy in Humboldt and one of the best attractions is the people. Debbie Israel ( Messer) in Shasta Lake CA