Family Time! on the Truckee, Thurs, July 3rd
It's hot in NorCal again. When the young'uns drive up from Los Angeles to spend the Independence Day holiday with their parents, naturally all our great minds think alike -- rafting the cool Truckee River. Flowing out of Lake Tahoe, I can tell you the water is COOL. We made reservations for Thursday, knowing full well the river would be crowded with holiday-goers with the same great thought. No matter -- the fast-moving water felt wonderfully fresh to be either in or on! None of us dunked in, but all of us either dangled our feets in or waded up to our waists. We spent three hours cruisin' down the river on a Thursday afternoon!
Let the fun begin! Tom (L) and Matt (R) in front, Jen behind her dad and I'm behind Matt. Alice stayed home 'cause she didn't want to spend hours cooking in the sun! Jimmy was our point man.
A family affair here! Common Merganser parent ferrying the kids across the river.
Minions, big and small, under a bridge, occupying their space by the water.
Jennifer and Matt, Jimmy and me posing waterside on our lunch break.
Mom & Dad successfully led their four kids thru the multitude of rafts.
Me and son, Matt, wading up to our knees.
This Mom and her kids stuck close to the river's edge. Safer there.
The newlyweds are having a fine time, despite too much sun.
Jennifer's dad, Tom, seems to be giving the photographer (not me!) instructions.
Back on the river, Jimmy's steering keeps us safe!
The debate raged: Go right or go left? Hah! Neither one! We banged smack into the middle stanchion. Turned us cattywampus in the water, but no harm was done. We did get hung up on the fair-sized boulder (where Jimmy's paddle points). Matt had to get out and push us off. I took this picture after the fact. Kinda exciting!
Shallow ... sometimes placid, with just enough YEE-HAW! white-water, but always moving.
We had a grand time rafting the Truckee River.
Hmmm, the next morning outside our backyard fence (thank goodness), we spied this Mom and her kid. Aww, how cute, right? Then I looked out the front door and saw they'd devoured my front yard petunias AGAIN
War is declared. I bought Deer B Gone spray for my flowers.
I will WIN!.
Tomorrow -- a July 4th backyard family cookout in Roseville. O boy!