Feast for the senses! Posted by hoodoosuz on June 01, 1999 at 08:59:03:
The early days on a farm are the happiest and fairest days of the year.Lilacs bloom and make the air sweet,and
then fade.Apple blossoms come with the lilacs,and the bees visit among the apple trees.Early summer days are a
jubilee time for birds.In the fields around the house,in the barn,in the woods,in the swamp------everywhere love
and songs and nests and eggs.From the edge of the wood the white throated sparrow calls.On an apple bough,the
pheobe teeters and wags it's tail.The song sparrow,who knows how brief and lovely life is ,says sweet
interlude.Dandelion stems are full of milk,clover heads are loaded with nectar, everywhere you look is life;even the
little ball of spit on the weed stalk,if you poke it apart has a worm inside it.
My daughter just read this book and even childrens stories struck me with the beautiful and very simple words
that have so much meaning without being overly profound!Easily imagined!
Just had to tell a story of a sensory overload I experienced this weekend .We took our daughter and our visiting
niece[both 7] into the depth of the Bitteroot wilderness in central Idaho on the Oregon Trail route pioneered by the
famous explorers Lewis and Clark.Historic campsites abound on the route and many stories of the native
Americans that led these courageous men through the wilderness on ancient trails known only by them;through
the most wild river gorges,swelled by the snowmelt;roaring creeks,waterfalls cascading down every hillside,and
each turn on the winding road was met by my eyes with an enthralling feeling of what I've coined as Scenic
Overkill.One outragous site after the other and never ending awe. Goosepimple raisers!
I have been a sort of Indian artifact hunter,old mine explorer,hiker,rock climber and bike enthusiast in my younger
days and always seek out hot springs on my adventures.
There were many hot springs in the area so decided to hike to one up a creek that ran into the river.The hike was
pretty hairy scrambling above the raging creek on an almost vertical mountainside,giant ancient Cedar trees
abound and giant ferns and Wild Strawberries flanked the path.Fallen trees from the fury of the winter crossed the
trail in many places and crawling over them with the possibility of loosing footing and falling down the mountain
into the raging creek was a distinct possibility.
Upon finally reaching the springs,a granite outcrop with a makeshift pool to catch the water,a log chute for the
overflow dropping to a smaller pool below and then another 50 feet down to the creek.We had the place to
ourselves as we had passed a family with 4 children on their way down.
We frolicked in the hot water and enjoyed the majesty of where we were and what it took to get here,and thought
of the indians and how they must have had a hard time letting go of the ancient mystical places such as this with
the onset of "CIVILIZATION" and the impending doom they faced by bringing the white man to their treasured
The sites and smells of this mountain paradise were almost undescibably outrageous.Pristine,and brings out the
Nature in even the most cityized person.
I lost track of the people sounds and was in my own rushing mind buzz I often get when overwhelmed .The girls
started giggling and snapped me out of it only to witness the happiest soul I've encoutered.Across the creek a
man and his dog emerged from the trees and did the happiest ,unabashed "dance of spring" I've yet to
witness!Stark naked!!The girls watched with astonishment as he danced,threw the stick for the dog,laughed,rolled
on the grass and his naked penis flying around with no shame at all!We all looked at each other not knowing what
to do!I'm sure it was their first time seeing a naked man and afterwards I thought that was a good way to
experience their first siting of manhood!By nature boy,Happy dancing naked elf of the forest! After the shock wore
off we laughed too and watched him a while and then it became no big deal.Then of course the girls asked to take
their clothes off too!No was the answer but the openess and innocence of youth,not a raised catholic,
woman,mom, who would never dream of such an act.I said it was ok but we'd better not in case some more kids
I've dont the same with some adults when I was young; and not as fat, but the feeling of how wonderful it feels to
run naked and not care was a fond memory for me and will have to let them experience it for themself when they
reach a more consenting age..They would have, though, in a heartbeat if i had let them!!!!!!
Picnicing at a campsite afterwards and watching Kayakers and several large rafts full of thrillseekers,whoop and
holler having the time of their lives,the smell of the barbeque's and the marmots coming to your feet for the
potato chip presents rounded out the epitome of a perfect day. Those little girls and the sites and sounds and
smells brought me back to oh so many memories of summer days past; and the feeling of being glad to be alive
was the strongest i've ever known!
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