After all the wedding festivities were over, my mom, my brother, Dallas, Nathaniel and I, spent a morning white water rafting on the American River.
We looked a little something like this:
The only thing holdin' you in the tube is your feet shoved under portions of the tube. Which, surprisingly, feels really secure. My butt only flew off the tube a few times; although, by the end of the day my booty was definitely a little tender.
Before we hit the river, we drove up the street to Coloma to see the site where gold was first discovered (eureka!) in California. In the second photo we are standing in front of the sawmill that led to the gold discovery. If you weren't a 4th grader in California, you can read all about gold rush history here.
After the water.
If you ever happen to be in Northern California in the adorable and beautiful town of Auburn, hit up Ikeda's, a restaurant-market-bakery hybrid, for one of the best burgers ever. Fresh, huge and delicious. Check it out:
And then, after you're stuffed clear full, go to their market and buy a hot, fresh pie to take home:
It was as delicious as it looks -- fresh, wild berry pie.
I was exhausted after the river, and sitting in the sun waiting for food made me even more sleepy. The parking lot in front of Ikeda's was packed, so a lot of the houses near by had "no parking" signs...but this sign won as most straight forward.
Definitely an adventure worth attempting again.