Summer splashes into Auburn

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Friends Colin Quennell and Jeffrey Parkhurst, both originally from Pismo Beach, celebrated the first day of summer Monday by floating through a small set of rapids of the North Fork near the American River Confluence. When asked how the river compares to a beach like Pismo, Quennell replied, “We actually don’t like the beach, because there are way too many people and tourists. Today is the best day I have had all year for sure.” Now’s the time to enjoy local waterways, said Scott Liske, Auburn State Recreation Area park ranger. “It’s great weather to be out at the Confluence,” he said. It’s important to be safe and follow the rules while enjoying the confluence. “The river is still dangerous,” Liske said. “The water’s cold and fast.” Jumping off rocks, glass containers and animals without leashes are all not allowed, Liske said. All Auburnites, river-bound or not, can expect a mild transition into summer this week. The National Weather Service in Sacramento forecasts highs in the upper 80s to low 90s through the weekend. ~Loryll Nicolaisen