Thursday, June 25, 2009

Midsommar in Russian River

After we cleared our heads from the shenanigans at the Cruising Club, the festivities continued through the weekend at the Sundancing River Lodge in Russian River.  We had an absolute blast, with perfect weather, great food, and fantastic people.  

Entrance to the Sundancing River Lodge

After we got settled, the next day we were off for some wine tasting. Peter actually stayed behind to prepare for our Midsommar feast.  
First stop:  Chausseur Winery

Dev, Lauren, and Molly enjoying the barrel tasting

The birthday boy (I don't think I have ever seen him happier)

Cooper came along for the journey

Bill Hunter, the winemaker.  
He does not mess around when it comes to Pinot noir and Chardonnay.

Lauren and Stas

Kelly and Amy

Amy and Martha (I think they learned these model-like poses at Mizzou)

Then we were off to our next stop:  Merry Edwards

Taking a peek at the vineyard.  Amazing Sauvignon blanc!

One final stop at Iron Horse, where the sparkling wine is fair, at best, but the views cannot be beat. 

Kelly, Molly and Lauren working their gams
The group sans Peter (still slaving away on the sås)

Kelly and her Dad, Rex

Lauren taking it in

Hunger was setting in, so a stop at Ace-in-the-Hole for some oysters and cider was a must.

And finally, the Midsommar feast......

Everyone was so great, embracing the traditional Swedish food, complete with Aquavit and blomkrans.  Devon actually brought floral wire and we even went out picking flowers.  

Molly and Lauren diving into the Aquavit, while sporting their blomkrans

Dev loves her some meatballs!

Rob getting after some herring


P and T

Peter with the ladies

The morning after

The next day we made a stop at the Pink Elephant for a little hair of the dog....

Then off to the Village Inn for some live music, and fun in the sun

These are the faces of people enjoying a Sucka-free Sunday

Walking back to the kayaks.....

....after a brief mishap in a thornbush

Many thanks to Devon and Rob for planning the weekend!  We can't wait to do it again soon! Until next time.....Cheers!

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