|Launching the dragonboat.|
The weather was a bit hot, but we enjoyed beautiful blue skies and the aforementioned breezes on the river. After launching the boat, we loaded it with coolers full of beverages and a few snacks, and climbed in. Our pal's teammates instructed us on proper paddling technique and emergency procedures. And then we were off.
|Experienced paddlers at the front of the boat.|
We took beverage and snack breaks every little while. Let me tell you... there's nothing like a little champagne, a soothing river breeze, and the company of good friends old and new to put you right with the world. And the scenery from the river was the icing on the cake.
|Rowing teams' graffiti. It's a tradition.|
So although it was our pal's birthday, I feel like Mr. RM and I received the best gift... We got to experience something we may never otherwise have gotten to do, we were introduced to a fabulous new dining option, and we got to spend a memorable evening with a great bunch of people and our good friends.
|Our performing arts center, viewed from the river.|
Chamber of Freakin' Commerce quality shot right there!
I don't think life gets much better than that.
But maybe that's just me, too.