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Delta Wanderings III – Sept 2019 -- “Delta Summertime Fun"
“Live Where You Play” – Is Discovery Bay’s motto and as a water based community there are lots of opportunities right outside our back door to be active and have all round non-stop fun times and summertime is when most of the play occurs. Maybe I’m just getting older but it sure seemed like a short and less hot summer to me, and now with Labor Day behind us and the fall rains already starting summer is starting to seem like a distant past. So to celebrate another fun summer on the Delta I thought it might be fun to take a look into the rear view mirror to revisit some of Summer’s Fun Times on the Delta.
(A periodic photo blog of our Discovery Bay and Delta Wanderings)
Hydrobikes seems to be a new craze on our waterways. Our sloughs are ideal for these fun toys. They are very stable, easy to ride and provide as low impact way to get some exercise while exploring the sloughs of Discovery Bay
Riding the board with just sneakers, no bindings
Getting ready to approach the rail
BTW the lack of bindings didn't seem to help when exiting the rail, as it ended up as a head plant
Truly a family affair as the Marina docks were filled with young fishermen
Only two years in the making this year's turn out was huge especially given how hot it was.
Every August the Marina fills up with big power boats for the Annual Big Cat Poker Run
It's almost parade like as the power boats leave the Marina on their way to the Big Cat Poker Run
The Marine Sheriff leads the pack
And off they go to the far reaches of the Delta
A Patriotic Full Moon over Discovery Bay
Clouds --- sometimes the best scenes at sunset is not looking west towards the sun but looking in the opposite direction at the clouds. The other night was one of those nights as the skies turned from yellows and oranges to pinks and pastels.
Lighthouse Bride -- I have no idea who they are but we wish them a Lifetime of Happiness!!!!
The rope swing on Kellogue Creek harkens back to days of simplier times on the Delta
Unfortunately some time after this scene someone cut the rope
We got our first stand up Paddle Board (SUP) about 8 years ago and it seemed unique, today they are everywhere in Discovery Bay
SUPs aren't just for the young ones
Recently I looked out my kitchen window to see this guy zipping by on a motorized electric paddle board. First time I saw one in Discovery Bay. Maybe a new craze?
They come with many names like; Hydroflying, flyboarding, jet shoes, water jet pack. I just call them Cool! Connected via a hose to a the jet out-take of a wave runner which provides the propulsion
If you hear the sound of a big fan in the sky it could be one of our neighbors doing aerial aerobatics with his Paramotor or Paraglider. Not all the fun activities in the Delta are water based
Gliding into the sunset
The go to sport on the Delta used to be Water Skiing, then Wake Boarding seemed to take over, now Wake Surfing is rapidly climbing in popularity, that is if you can afford a $75k-$100k boat
Most start with a real short rope right behind the swim deck. Then with some practice the surfer tosses the rope back to the boat and just rides the wake curl.
A sunset peaceful cruise through the neighborhood
The Boardwalk Grill, nothing better than being able to take your boat to lunch or dinner
Mt. Diablo Sunset
Night-time comes over the Discovery Bay Marina
You can't talk about the Delta without mentioning the awesome fishing we have
Four 400hp outboards. Really!
Some have the need for speed
Give the kids a choice as to what to do behind the boat and Tubing is always high on the list
It continues to amaze me how big some of these tubes have gotten
Sometimes it's just best to sit back and enjoy the views
Riding the levees
Those windless, dead calm days make for some great reflections.
but sometimes tubing can be a quiet relaxing time
A family visiting from New Zealand hit the Delta for some barefoot skiing
Looks like a sunset from the tropics
Discovery Bay Country Club
Not all the fun activities in Discovery Bay take place on the water
Now that is one strange looking vehicle. Given the headphones I suspect not alot of thoughtful conversation goes on in that boat
Coast Guard on the move
At first I thought they were fishermen till I saw the gun cases in the boat, it must be duck hunting season
Nice way to get around the Delta
Bonehead Boaters --- An ongoing series dedicated to Yahoo and Moron Boaters who ignore boating laws, regulations and general common sense, and who operate water vessels with total disregard for their safety and those around them. Especially timely given that two people recently drowned in Discovery Bay, reminding us the dangers of the water. Accidents waiting to happen...
Children towing children without a spotter or flag. Where are their parents? illegal & dumb
Fishing, throw netting and hanging out on the swim deck while the boat is under way, illegal & dumb
What's with these people water skiing in the 5mph zone, couldn't they wait a 100 feet to put in?
Then after the skier took off inside the 5mph zone this moron figured he should too
Good bye summer, welcome fall
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I just found your blog and website. Your photos are beautiful. We've live here over 20 years on the golf course coming from Sacramento also on the delta.
You really shows how special Discovery Bay is! I am working my photography skills and hope to be able to shoot photos as beautiful as yours.
Thank you Bill for your beautiful pictures. We are truly blessed to live in Discovery Bay. I also appreciated your pictures and comments about the bonehead boaters. Two nights ago I saw a boat being towed by another when they were passed within 15 feet by a ski boat going full speed. It seems like every year I see more and more things like this from irresponsible, ignorant and dangerous boat operators. Boats speed through 5 MPH areas including under the Orwood Bridge. They don’t slow down around blind corners or even for downed skiers. They pass too close and have no consideration for their wake (particularly wakeboard boats) and have no conception or the Rules of the Road or common courtesy I don’t know all the details of the tragic accident last week but it is obvious that at least one if not both were at high speed in an area of narrow channels and blind turns.
I unfortunately only see things getting worse. Licensing may help a little. The Sheriffs do a good job but they have limited resources and miles of waterways to cover.
Sorry for my rant and once again thank you for pictures. I always look forward to the calendars so I can see them every day.
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