A Day of Bliss

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River’s End, where the Russian River meets the Pacific

Two weekends ago, Martin and I spent the weekend at the Russian River. We did a steep (and hot) nine-mile hike the first day and drove around, swam and played games at a dive bar in Monte Rio the second day. And we love it up there. We went back Sunday for a day trip. We had BBQ at the Village Inn on the river and then kayayed up and down the river for a couple of hours. It was beautiful, hot, sunny and SO nice to be on the river. Rivers remind me of Michigan. Many, many people in Michigan have cabins on lakes somewhere “up north” where they boat or canoe or swim around. Like the Russian River, lake water in Michigan is placid and warm, not stormy and freezing like the Pacific Ocean. I’ve been tossed under enough times on a surf board to really appreciate kayaking up a river that moves so slowly you can kayak UP it. I would write more, but I’m too tired.

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