lake berryessa

view from markley coveJust back from one of the best vacations of my life: ten days in my favorite place with my favorite people, Northern California with my brother and sister.

Our first stop was the lake where we spent our summers as kids. Our grandparents had a place overlooking the water and a motorboat. They took us out on the lake to ski every morning with our cousins and aunts and whoever was visiting, and those summers spent crowded in a boat and running barefoot on the hot gravel, walking down to the marina store for ice creams (and splurging on It’s-Its when Grandma and Pop-Pop were particularly generous with their spare change), going out in the boat to look for deer at dusk on the rare and special evenings when Pop-Pop relented to our begging, sleeping on cozy mattresses lined up next to each other on the floor in beds we would make up each night and clear away each and every morning are what defined those childhood summers.

My grandparents warned us that it wouldn’t be the same, which we already knew. Nothing ever is, but when we arrived late afternoon, rented a boat, and my sister was the first to dive back in, she was grinning when she came back up. “The water is the same!” she announced, and it was: in smell, in taste, in color. There is nothing in the world so perfectly refreshing and nothing that makes absolutely everything feel so precisely right.



About Jennifer

I'm a freelance translator and American expat. I live in Northern Italy with my two young sons.
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6 Responses to lake berryessa

  1. Gil says:

    Small World, I had the same feeling about the water at a beach my parents took us to as kids when I took my kids there. It had to be at least 25-25 years later. Glad to hear about your fun.

  2. Aunt Patti says:

    It was so much fun seeing all of you when you were here! It was such a fun and relaxing afternoon. I hope we can do it again next time you’re on vacation!

  3. I Say Oui says:

    It looks beautiful, and the water is so calm!

    • Jennifer says:

      Ooooh, it is so beautiful! And I sometimes wonder if it looks that way to me because I love it so or if it really is actually that beautiful to everyone.

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