Morganne's old friend Sam is heading back to Reed College this week, and he wanted to get together with her before he left.
We went for a walk in Henry Cowell Redwoods state park and ended up down by the San Lorenzo River for the afternoon.
Morganne and Sam have been friends since they were 6 years old. They grew up together, tag-teaming each other on height until Sam finally pulled ahead for good.
They had a good visit, talking about everything and nothing, and strategizing about crossing the river and building rock bridges.
Sam's mom Tane' and Malcolm and Merlin joined us. Matisse had a date with her writing tutor, and Sam's brother Arthur opted to sleep in instead.
Watching Sam and Morganne together, I had freeze-frame moments of all the good times they've had together: playing, discussing books, building with lego, acting in and directing plays.
The boys meanwhile added their Homeschooling: the Half-Generation touches. They looked for giant flying waffle-footed tigers, dragons, and gryphons. They performed Spot and Listen checks, and hunted for treasure in the river. Malcolm failed a lot of Move Silently checks in the river.
Indian summer is here. I think we'll visit the river in a different spot today.