Waites, Yorgesens, Sister Schwab, Dunns, Rowleys
Because for most we don't know the exact names or places of the scenery, we're not giving explanations for all, just want you to see what we saw. There are always fishermen on the river in different kinds of boats, usually only for one or two people. You can see the fisherman in the small inflatable raft boat at the bottom right.
We planned on a cruise at first, this is the ship we would have taken. It was an overnight trip to Kazan which is said to be the most beautiful city in our part of Russia. We will be able to go there for CES in September. But the short trip we took couldn't have been better.
These are pictures as we went up the river.
And this is Shiryeavo - no buses - we walked from the dock to the museum, probably about a mile and a half.
Not sure what this building once was, but is all rock with a big arched opening on the left and the square one on the right.
Sister Schwab and the sign directing us to the museum
Lots of interesting windows
Beautiful raspberries, we bought some on the way back to the boat, ate some and made yummy raspberry shortcake for dinner the next day
The locks are huge and strong - doesn't look like these have been opened for a long time
Some of the houses on the way to the museum. All we passed were occupied.
Really cool weather vane
Hoe with very narrow blade and she was carefully going around each plant.
Museum, you can see the fancy outhouse out back, for looks, not use. You can't take pictures in a lot of the areas, but here is what we have.
The dog was there from start to finish - never moved.
The loom above and the spinning wheel belowIlya Yefimovich Repin was a Russian realist painter. He was the most renowned Russian artist of the 19th century, when his position in the world of art was comparable to that of Leo Tolstoy in literature.
The cradle above
and the mobile
Some of the cupboards almost look Scandanavian
This was tucked in a corner, has Christ and other religious items on it.
Lots of dried arrangements and pictures and artifacts - really pretty - just a nice feeling everywhere.
We saw a couple of these very sturdy sleds. (also, forgot to mention a feature in a couple of the homes that looked pretty good to me - a loft bed right over the oven.)
On the way back to the boat we ate at a small local restaurant overlooking the Volga and there were local people there. Their specialty is chicken shishkabobs but not on a stick, and plove, a rice dish both of us like, flavored rice with a little bit of meat that they cook in a big wok and serve with fresh tomatoes and cucumbers.
Elder Yorgesen and the Dunns
Buildings along the river
Closing with these thoughts from President Uchtdorf's 2012 conference talk
"Of Regrets & Resolutions"