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Monday, May 29, 2017

Memorial Day 2017

Memorial Day always evokes lots of emotion in my heart. The flowers, the flags, the old and the new tombstones reach in and tears start forming as I realize the sacrifice, the lives lived, the dreams never fulfilled.  Today brought lots of all that, but mostly joy as Larry, Connie, and I drove the long and scenic route to the Camas Prairie.   Larry promised us breakfast and sourdough pancakes at Peck, Idaho, so Connie and I were all in for the adventure and opportunity to spend time with him. He drove us up the hill where he'd purchased a piece of property years ago and planned to build a dream home out in the country.  Gratefully, now, he realizes that would've been a hardship on the family because of the distance to schools, ball games, and all other activities of a big family.

 This place served us a great breakfast and we enjoyed visiting with Teresa Carter, a woman who stayed in my AirBnb in November.  Once our tummies were full we drove toward Orofino and took a steep drive, 25 miles, up the hill to Nezperce.  Connie and I had never been on this road.

Here's the view of the Clearwater River from the top of the grade and one can see bits of Orofino and Greer grade in the distance.  
Lovely Blue wildflowers along the highway.

We made our first stop at the Greencreek Cemetery, lovingly cared for by local Greencreek retired farmers.  A new addition is a kiosk and row markers for all people buried in this cemetery.

I'm always grateful when flowers indicate lots of family members stopped by!
Father Ken Arnzen, a beloved priest had a sense of humor, preserved on his tombstone.  
The Cottonwood Cemetery, and this section in particular, a blaze with various shades of pink, Mom's favorite color.  Thank you to the angel who cleaned all the grass away from the concrete below the headstones.

We found all the Kopczynski graves, even the old ones!  
And those forgotten by most people.  I understand Lori Mader places a rose on all graves that have not been visited during the Memorial Day weekend.
We had an enjoyable visit with Ben Bross, Vince and Mary Lou Hattrup's grandson.  He filled us in on some extended family news along with Cheri Orr Seubert.

Larry delighted us with stories of haying the Bert Lute land and I loved this view, highlighted by the bright yellow canola field in the distance.

 We made one last stop at the Ferdinand cemetery, paying our respects to a former brother-in-law and family friends, Hubert and Clara Frei.

 The colors of the day and the conversations, filled with care and compassion, filled my heart today.
"Let us never forget."

Friday, April 14, 2017

LaTrek's Annual Riggins Hiking Trip

I've always enjoyed hiking with the Moscow women's hiking group, the LaTreks, and this year I
invited my friends, Alyse and Jaymi, to join me. We drove to Riggins and all 22 of us eagerly exited our cars and began the glorious hike up the Rapid River trail.  We packed our lunches and enjoyed an 8.2 mile hike up and back along the river.  The sounds of falling water delighted us as well as many wildflowers and even some bird feathers.  I've learned that there are many modes of hiking, from "fast, let's keep going," to "oh please stop so we can sip some water or take a few pictures."  Alyse and Jaymi both like to keep going!  And they don't mind being alone, preferring the more quiet, contemplative hiking.  I like visiting with the Moscow ladies, although it's quite challenging to hear conversations with the roaring river close by.   We enjoyed a great day with no rain and were able to set up our happy hour on the patio of the Salmon River Rapids hotel.

Becky organized the hikes and took her responsibility seriously to make sure we were all safe and accounted for before we left for the hotel.

Anne Wann took this picture after lunch.  Back row:  Charlotte, Chris, Becky, Helen, Toni, Alyse, Christine, Jaymi, Linda.  Front row:  Elizabeth, Irene, Theresa, and Mary Jo.  Some ladies turned around before we got to this point in the hike.
I love hiking behind Christine - she takes baby steps climbing hills and always says, "we're almost there."
 Anne and  Charlotte
 Irene and Charlotte
I snagged the flower pictures from Mary Jo's facbook post.  These are buttercups and trillium!

The second day we hiked the Wind River Trail, opting out of the Bullion Mine trail and it's many switchbacks.  The trail followed the river and was quite wet and surrounded by foliage.  We did not let the 80% prediction of rain stop us and actually we made it in and out with barely a drizzle!
Becky, Mary Jo, Chris, and Irene

These ladies are making the final ascent to our snacking spot!
We were laughing because none of us knew what direction we were facing!
After our snack, some ladies hiked down to this bridge and then back up the other side.

Love the hear the sound of the rushing water.

More of Mary Jo's lovely close up photos of the Indian Paintbrush and snails.

I took these pictures of the Manning Bridge - seems like the contractor made little progress since we were there last year.  No offense to my nephew, Zeke's company, RSCI, because the replacement bridge seems to be a major engineering feat in this narrow canyon!
This picture taken near the top of the Whitebird hill heading down toward Grangeville!  
Can't finish this blog without remembering Good Friday and being grateful for all the light and goodness that I shared with 22 women the last few days!  Because God loved us we are able to love and enjoy the quirkiness of each other!  

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

The Grand Canyon, Part I

My sister, Karen, promised me last year, after our trip to Yosemite, that she would take me to the Grand Canyon!  My, oh my, what a gorgeous trip we had.  Pictures actually do no justice to the beauty of this National Park.  We spent three days hiking and walking around the south rim.  We found a Best Western in the Village outside the park and rode shuttle buses to the Visitor's Center every day.

 These pictures were taken on the afternoon we arrived and as we wandered around the rim just to get an idea of where we would go tomorrow.

Karen, Dale, AnnMarie and Zeke hiked all the way down about 10 years ago and spent a night at Phantom Ranch, a trek of almost 13 miles!  People need to reserve the ranch a year in advance and Karen remembers waiting on the phone for two hours to secure their reservations.  

 The second day we decided to hike down and back up about 1 mile each way on the South Kaibab Trail.  Even the entrance to the trail caused me a little anxiety, but we made a plan to go slow, take some pictures and just enjoy the incredible views.  The shifting clouds made the colors change in the canyon, but for the most part we hiked in pure sunshine this day.

Ooh-Aah Point, our destination!  Well worth the trip down and climb back up!

Glorious photo depicting all the reasons we chose to spend time here!
 We enjoyed a lovely meal at this restaurant, exceptional service and a large screen that showed pictures of the history of the park!  I loved the daffodils at our hotel and wondered if any were blooming in Lewiston.