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Russian River
Oct. 12, 2003

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In the summer, we row up to a rocky sand bar where we land the boat, swim, and let Tommy run up and down the beach. But that weekend, Rock Island was under a few inches of water; upstream, the summer dams had been taken down. We dragged the row boat onto the rock bar and ate our picnic there. Then we pull-started the engine and motored downstream. We thought we'd make it to the bridge at Duncans Mills, but just past Austin Creek the river crossed into the shade of a large hill, and we found it too cold to go on. We turned back upriver and puttered slowly, in warm sunshine, back to Monte Rio.