We live on a little dead end road just outside the city limits of Sebastopol. There are five other families up here in this hilltop roost and Rod decided he wanted to do a pot luck breakfast to start off the 4th on the right foot. Designer pancakes from the griddle with fresh strawberries and the neighbors brought the rest.
Families started showing up around 10am. Chairs and tables were set up under the pear and redwoods. Seems like most of us would sit in one place for awhile and then move to a different seat or spot to visit.
By the afternoon most everyone was still here, some had walked home to take care of chores and come back, others just hung out with us to enjoy the weather and the day.
Our new neighbors, Kathleen and Christian asked us to join them for an afternoon meal so about 3:30 we all toddled down to their place for homemade chili, ribs, pasta salad and cobbler. We had an incredible meal while relaxing on their deck and getting to know their friends up from the Bay Area.
We walked home about 5pm and took a lead from Ruby the Wonder Dog.
Think we were asleep by 9pm. We missed the fireworks from Santa Rosa, but we'd seen Sebastopol's the night before from Andrea and Steven's porch after smores cooked up on the campfire. Our two day celebration was just one of those magical gatherings that brought friends, food and kids together for a delightfully good time. We're all still talking about it. The consensus is same time next year, starting with the evening smores on the 3rd.