Welcome Summer!

We welcomed summer in a big way this weekend. It all began with a little dinner party on Friday night --a long, lazy night on the porch after watching.....

this....the annual balloon festival launch. There were around a dozen balloons that night. This winds rarely bring the balloons over our house, but they are still fun to watch in the distance.

Saturday brought us down off our hill and onto a nearby river.




We were out for about three hours. Our goal was to get deep into the Quechee Gorge -- after about 1.5 miles, we had to turn around because of some strong headwinds.



















We found a sweet
little waterfall.






















And snuck up
on many turtles!
The final count
was 9!























We rafted up for
a nice lunch.
























It was a long journey
back. Chips Ahoy and
lots of songs helped
us make it back. We sang songs from
Godspell, The Sound
of Music, old
American tunes, and
songs we haven't
sung in years and
years such as "Over
in the Meadow".













My paddle's clean and bright
flashing with silver
follow the wild goose flight
dip dip and swing
dip dip and swing

We sang the song round and round as we paddled back.

Tammy  – (June 20, 2010 at 5:32 PM)  

Well that looks like a wonderful, wonderful way to begin summer! Especially with the turtles and Chips Ahoy. :)

Sarah  – (June 20, 2010 at 7:50 PM)  

Tammy-- Chips Ahoy are the cookie of choice for our family when out on an outing where we need indestructible cookies!

softearthart  – (June 20, 2010 at 8:02 PM)  

Oh I just love that song, great pics, cheers Marie

Penny  – (June 20, 2010 at 9:32 PM)  

I love that song - and what a wonderful time you all had! Great stuff to store in your hearts forever. :)

Anonymous –   – (June 20, 2010 at 11:04 PM)  

What a beautiful day..and I will bet that everyone slept well that night: A good exhaustion;wonderful memories of a day well spent with love and family.
ellen k.

sarah  – (June 21, 2010 at 12:21 AM)  

that looks so wonderful and peaceful and full of happiness :-)

Twig and Toadstool  – (June 21, 2010 at 11:29 PM)  

Looks like a lovely way to spend the day!
:) maureen

renee ~ heirloom seasons  – (June 23, 2010 at 8:49 AM)  

Seven turtles! Wow! What a wonderful first summer weekend. Happy new season to you Sarah!

Mama Randa Morning Glory  – (June 23, 2010 at 4:49 PM)  

Yay! Waterfalls, turtles, and canoes!!!! I have mixed feelings about balloons though, especially when they are sent on the breeze to land out in the woods somewhere.

Sarah  – (June 23, 2010 at 5:32 PM)  

No worries--they were hot air balloons that people ride in!

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