These stories take place in the San Joaquin Valley in California. The river named
is the Kings River, back when it flowed, and before the huge, old oaks were all cut down to be replaced by - nothing.
The Rick, Mac and Luke stories are based on fact. I took
some liberty in the dialogue because I wasn't always there when these things happened. These events took place in the
late forties and early fifties. A long time ago. These boys are my brothers; their names have been altered.
We were river rats. The river was our back yard.
We went 'up the river without a paddle' plenty of times. Rafts were made and discarded daily.
Jumping from the bridge was done in several imaginative ways. As in 'Bungee Cord', revised and re-titled as "Reminiscing" -
and - 'Hold On', diving from ropes and old boards, rotten logs, the bank, and the bridge were all done.
Longs walks home, near drownings, fishing hooks caught in flesh, being chased by a 1000
lb. bull in one direction, chasing a 200 lb. pig in the other direction.
These are not all up here yet, but they will be.