Lake Sonoma’s Yorty Creek

We are a Lake family. Tom and I raised our kids practically on Lake Sonoma, specifically the Yorty Creek recreational area. Every chance we could get we would hang out on the beach, by the lake with our kids and our dog. The kids grew up out there. We brought grandparents, cousins, friends, visitors. Everybody we were close to, had to come with us to the lake; where we played, swam, kayaked and picnicked for days on end.

Back on April of 2010 we were coming out of, I will say a mini-drought. I wrote a blog post with pictures of the lake under drought conditions, but was happy to report in the same post that there was plenty of water from the latest storms for our summer adventures by the water.

Not this year though. Never in 26 years have I seen the lake…empty. It’s dry, ugly, murky and pretty much looks like the dead sea. We walked along the dry, barren cliffs, kicking around dust and clods of dirt. Finding fresh water clams, of course dead. We were actually I think stunned, silent and just walking, each one of us in our own world of thoughts. Disoriented even, the landscape looked that different! Wondering what happened? Where was our beautiful lake? Where is the water? Why hasn’t it rained? Even the sporadic green bushes were gone. We tried fishing it to no avail. Weary hunters passed us by silently, looking like they too were disheartened by the whole day.

We are in a serious drought. I realized standing there, how we must never take our water for granted. How we need to thank God for it. How we really need to do a rain dance and pray for rain. This lake is our drinking supply and for our farming and wine industry. We have a fish hatchery connected to the lake and annual spawning, salmon runs. This year is really, bad. What will happen to us if we don’t get rain next year? I couldn’t bare to think past that… This is a depressing post, I know. But, the reality of it all is there and posted here for you to see.

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Our Daughter’s Wedding

Sonoma Harvest aka my family and I just celebrated our daughter’s wedding at V. Sattui Winery in Napa, Ca. It was such a beautiful wedding planned mostly by my daughter, Tessa, my new son-in-law, Tim and the awesome staff at V. Sattui Winery who really helped make their dream come true! We were blessed in every way and I will always be grateful to God and everyone for making it so special!

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Happy 75th Birthday Golden Gate Bridge

Happy 75th Birthday Today Golden Gate Bridge! Tom and I celebrated the bridge’s 50th birthday, 25 years ago when I was only 27 years old (now, don’t be trying to calculate my age on that anyone!) We were newly married and without kids so we used to go out on fun adventures as much as possible. This time we decided to celebrate the Golden Gate’s Birthday Bash. We woke up bright and early, hopped on the bus from our New hometown, Petaluma (for those of you who don’t know where we are Really from) and set off for the bridge which was closed for the enormous walk across the bridge, no-cars party! I can’t remember everything, was I inebriated already so early in the morning? The bullhorns sounded and we all walked across the bridge in unison. All 800,000 of us! We were packed in like sardines on the bridge, neck to neck, body to body for 2 hours at least. I remember one girl in front of me suffered a panic attack and couldn’t breath. She was carried off to the side over our heads! All I can think of is that I’m surprised it wasn’t me, I hate crowds! Later, news reports said that the bridge swayed and actually flattened out with the weight of all the people! Which is the reason why the bridge is closed today. We ended the day at Crissy Field watching the fireworks and lighting of the bridge. It ended up being a wonderful day and and an experience I will never forget! Today I am staying home and celebrating by watching vicariously through my TV! Have fun if you go!

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