At the Cottage
May 25, 2008
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No one seems to remember who nailed an old can of Circus
Peanuts to a stick long ago, or whether it was toy or tool.
But it remains, one of a thousand artifacts hiding in the
corners of the cottage.
When we got hungry on Sunday afternoon, Em, Ellie & I decided
we'd like to have Berry's sandwiches. Rather than drive (about 10
mins) we decided to canoe. We paddled up through Summer Home
Park, under the foot bridge, and up the rapids, stopping
occasionally at beaches to wade in the warm shallow parts. Saw
a couple of bullfrog tadpoles in one of them.
We reached the Hacienda Bridge after about an hour, where we
chained the canoe up to a tree and climbed up the rocks to the
bridge. Crossed the bridge -- with Tommy freaking out from the
traffic -- and made our way into Berry's where we ordered
sandwiches and drinks. I got a cup of espresso. After a while
hanging out in front of Berry's, we crossed back over the bridge
and climbed down the rock, this time with three fountain drinks
and a cup of espresso, plus two bags of food.
Now, how to get the three fountain drinks a mile down river in the
canoe? We put them in a plastic bag, snug, and then tied the bag
to a crossbar in the canoe. They swung as we paddled, but stayed
Shooting the rapids was easier than the Burke's canoe amateurs
made it look, so we didn't spill and lose our sandwiches. Stopped
a few more times, and finally glided back to our dock, where we
chained up the canoe and climbed up to the cottage -- three hours
after we left. The drinks, of course, were warm and watery by then,
but we had accomplished our mission, getting them home more than