Celebrating Life on the River
A number of years ago we moved from the country to a home on the Kings River in Central California. We’ve enjoyed hours floating, boating, swimming, bird watching, and daydreaming. Even when the river slows in winter, we appreciate even the little stream of water that flows past our house.
As you probably know, we are experiencing a very intense drought here in California. For months this year there was no water in the river. The river bed was a giant sandbox. As Joni Mitchell sings, “You don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone…”
We rejoiced when water was finally released from Pine Flat Dam to help irrigate the orchards and farms which surround us. I’m writing today in celebration of the river.
Jana and I celebrating as the river finally makes it to our neighborhood.
If you’re looking for me in the next few weeks, you can find me reading down by the riverside.
This is my first time reading this river classic:
“The River,” corrected the Rat.
“And you really live by the river? What a jolly life!”
“By it and with it and on it and in it,” said the Rat.
Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Graham
It is a jolly life when there’s water – we are all hoping and praying for a rainy season ahead.
Floating is a wonderful way to get unplugged and spend time with family and friends. We even have a floating club – The King’s Queens.
Jet Skis are fun, too:
Easton is happiest in the water. Aren’t all Labs?
Do you have a favorite spot to read?