The River in 2015

I don’t know how I haven’t yet written about our time at the river this past summer.  It was a very rich and full trip.

We drove north and stopped in Oakland (my first time) and spent time with Daddy’s uncle.  We got to see a great view of the city, the house Grandpa grew up in, and rode a cool train in the park.

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We arrived at the river to see the drought had really affected the depth, but I was grateful, since I knew we’d have a lot of little ones in the water.

We spent the next day at our favorite winery.  It’s our favorite because we get to visit their gardens of beautiful flowers and vegetables.  We said hi to the bees, pigs, and chickens too.

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We had a really fun afternoon with our cousins who came up to spend time with us.  It was really cool for us to be together at a place that is so special to all of us.  We each made our own pizza and watched deer in the yard as it got dark.

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The day we, for months, anticipated finally came.  Our friends from college started arriving. We feared we wouldn’t possibly have enough time together to really catch up, but quickly realized we didn’t need much.  We sat in the river and hung out as if no time had passed since our last gathering, as our children became fast friends, catching frogs and skipping rocks.

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We even had the pleasure of bonding with new babies we were meeting for the first time.

The dads got into all kinds of trouble, and disappeared to the grocery store together, just like old times.

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The visit was so good for our souls.  Tears were shed as our friends left us.

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The whole trip, we enjoyed our deer family who had young fawn, discovering the bats, and watching the great water birds.

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We spent part of every day in the river.

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We loved our time at the river, and can’t wait for next time!  We love you, Russian River!

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