Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Russian River Canoe Trip - 2012

Paddling Down the Russian River near Healdsburg, CA
Santa Clara, CA - Pretty much every year since before I can remember with any accuracy, we've been kicking of the summer with our Annual Russian River Canoe Trip.  This year was no different.  I can't begin to tell you how much fun it is to gather up such a great group of friends as these.  Take the river, add in a bit of hot weather, a couple of kegs, and a whole bunch of canoes and this wonderfully diverse group of fun and interesting people just show up.  Amazing!

This year the weather was perfect, and we didn't even have to move the date to July!  There were 46 people canoeing, 3 people kayaking, and about 55 people at the BBQ.

There were a few notable absences this year.  Mike and Christy however, had the best excuse, with the birth of their son, Nolan, one week before the trip.  Congratulations guys! Nat, Beener, Teri, Sanjay... I know you all had good excuses, but we missed you guys and hope you can make it back next year!

Thanks to Doug, Loi, Tasos & Jen for contributing photos!  This was the first year in a long time that I have brought a little waterproof camera down the river so I actually have a few of my own pics to post this time. However, I still love to check out photo from friends.  I've poached a few for this blog and the slideshow, I just hope I've got all the photo credits somewhat correct. There are over 80 photos and comments in the slideshow (link below) if you like to see more.  Anyway... here are a few of them.

On The Beach

Getting Ready to Launch!
Lollie Scaring the New Guys / Engineered to Perfection

On the River

If you are interested in joining us next year, here are some links you should check out:

Here is the link to our brand new Google group: http://groups.google.com/group/RussianRiverCanoeTrip?hl=en

Here are some links to photos from past years:

2011 - http://somehowlostagain.blogspot.com/2011/08/russian-river-canoe-trip-2011.html
2010 - http://somehowlostagain.blogspot.com/2010/11/russian-river-canoe-trip-healdsburg-ca.html
2009 - http://somehowlostagain.blogspot.com/2009/06/russian-river-canoe-trip-healdsburg-ca.html
2008 - http://somehowlostagain.blogspot.com/2008/07/russian-river-canoe-trip-healdsburg-ca.html
And a big miss mash of years on Facebook going back to 2001 - http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=109770982368574#!/album.php?aid=83062&id=649406713

If anyone has any old pictures from past years that they would like to send I'll thankfully accept them.  If you know the year they were taken, even better!

If anyone is reading this and would like to plan their own trip, I highly suggest calling Lollie at River's Edge Kayak and Canoe in Healdsburg.  They have been very good to us!

Camping info can be found at http://www.alexandervalleycampground.com/

BBQ Back at Camp


And that's it till next year. Thanks everyone for making it so much fun! Here is the link to the slide show:
Russian River Canoe Trip 2012

Friday, June 1, 2012

Photo of the Day - May Roundup

Santa Clara, CA - So, I've actually made it another month with my, "photo of the day" project!  Most days it's a lot easier than I thought it would be, there is usually something interesting happening at some point during the day.  The slow days at home have turned out easier than imagined as well, mainly due to Keira being there.  I just turn and point the camera in her direction and soon enough she'll do something incredibly cute. However, there are difficult days and days of low inspiration.  I guess those are the days this exercise works the best.  Anyway, here are the photos of the day for May.  Check out the slideshow below for comments.

And that's it for this month.  Hopefully, I can keep it up.  I'm enjoying it.  Sorry for the lack of trip posts lately.  My computer died last month and I'm still not up and running yet. Soon Soon.  Here is a link to the slideshow for comments and descriptions:

Photo of the Day - May