We used to swim in Putah Creek. My two brothers and I. We never stayed very long. We went in to get the horses cool. I eventually learned to swim in the creek. I don't think I ever had lessons. I don't think the boys did either. We just figured it out. The creek ran across the bottom of the property. We were often riding horses when we got there, so we just got off the horses and went in the water. We rode with saddles. My mother was very good at saddling horses. I never learned to do that.
We had two horses that we rode. I've forgotten their names. I have a picture of me on one. One was Topsy.