Estuary, The Sea Ranch, July 10th, 2019

July 10th & 11th

As a surprise for Mark’s birthday on July 10th I booked a four hour canoe “adventure” on the day and a horse ride on the 11th. The time on the estuary and Gualala River was – cringe-inducing word warning – magical! Sorry, it was! Mark had the patience to allow me to paint – though I gave him the picture of where we stopped for a picnic lunch as payback.

Gualala River, July 10th, 2019
Gualala River, July 10th, 2019

I didn’t go near a horse but sat on a very misty beach and painted some of my favorite pictures of the trip thus far. Sunshine isn’t everything!

Beach, MacKerricher State Park, July 11th, 2019
Beach, MacKerricher State Park, July 11th, 2019
Beach, MacKerricher State Park, July 11th, 2019
Beach, MacKerricher State Park, July 11th, 2019
Beach, MacKerricher State Park, July 11th, 2019
Beach, MacKerricher State Park, July 11th, 2019

I did however take a moment to capture him on “High-roller”, a huge, gentle Clydesdale – even tempered despite being given that terrible, highly inappropriate name.

Mark on “High-roller”, July 11th, 2019
Mark on “High-roller”, July 11th, 2019

8 Comments

  1. Looks divine!!! Peaceful, restful, and invigorating all at the same time. Fabulous images!!!
    Happy Birthday Mark!!! Xoxo, Maryan and Chuck from our own paradise in the Adirondacks

  2. Beautiful images of gorgeous places! Looks like an amazing birthday celebration—enjoy!!!

  3. You are certainly building some lovely memories to share. That must be the first time Mark has ridden a horse for a considerable time, I can remember his very vigorous riding on ‘Kable’, his sister’s first horse, when his age had just about reached double figures!!

  4. Looks like a heavenly vacation and a truly special birthday celebration! Mark looks fabulous on High Roller:)

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