A (Russian) River Runs Through It
When I was a kid, growing up in Berkeley, CA, the Russian River and Healdsburg were annual destinations, followed by dinner at the Union Hotel in Occidental, CA. This was quite a long day for my parents after the sun-filled float from the Alexander Valley Bridge to Memorial Bridge- to drive all the way to Occidental and then home to Berkeley- what a circuitous route, but that is what we always did. My father, born in Oakland, CA in 1918, loved especially his carefree teenage years at such river hot-spots as Monte Rio and Rio Nido, where water fun and big bands mingled on the weekends.
The warm weather and amiable river are magnets for family fun, then as now, and picnics, swimming, togetherness and summer memories burgeoned. We brought our own boat- a German Pioneer Foldboat- it crossed the Atlantic (not our boat specifically, but one like it). Most of the other boats on the River were from W. C. “Bob” Trowbridge- an institution- and now home to the equally famous River’s Edge Kayak & Canoe Trips- and the tradition continues.
And the journey ends at Jenner-By-The-Sea where the river meets the mighty Pacific- on this end, Burke’s Canoes is famous.
Healdsburg has a lively river history that has recently seen a rekindling with the Great Russian River Race in May:
Followed by the Healdsburg Water Carnival in July:
Here’s looking at you, kids.
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