Tuesday: 30Apr13--Onalaska, WA to Corvallis, OR
For both of us, with our siblings all so much older than we are, we have the wild, wonderful and unusual situation of having nieces and nephews, great nieces and great nephews, aNd great-great nieces and great-great nephews. Next summer one of the great-great emerging adults, in his easrly 20s, is getting married.......so, I, his great-great uncle (much to his parent's chagrin) is asking he and his beautiful bride (they met in college down in Oregon) for a great-great-great or two before we head through the thin veil.
The potential of that is excellent. Not many get to have the sacred privilege of doing that. Talk about wonderful...........!
As the days count down to the conclusions of this magnificant trip, we headed yesterday for Onalaska, WA. Don't worry, we didn't know where it was either. lol But in beautiful rolling hills and farm land to the east of I-5 between Seattle and Portland reside our great niece and nephew and their three sons.
All five in this family are beautiful, handsome, unique-to-the-max souls. Every time we are with any of them there is a sense of delight and engagement. Here I am with the two sons, great-great nephews, who remain at home. The one on the right is graduating in a few weeks from high school. The younger one on the left is writing his first novel. Great fun!
Awakening early this morning the one on the right asked if I would like to go and see his cabin. What? Of course! Where? That was an honor.
So we trudged through the early morning dew to the back of their beautiful property, and whaddayaknow, there was a small cabin back there. With his grandfather's help (his dad's dad) he cut down the trees, put the timber through a small mill sawed to just the right thickness, hauled it all back to this spot, built a porch outside and a bunk inside for friends to spend the night. Amazing! Talk about learning with your head and hands. He figured it all out.
One of the treasured moments of this trip is sitting with him on this porch as we drank hot mugs of coffee and talked about life. His. Ours. The future. Talk about picture perfect!
In mid sentence he said, "Shhhh! Quiet!! You hear that?"
To our right we heard a coyote howling, not all that far away. He pointed to the left into the edge of the forest, "OK, just wait." And sure enough a coyote to our left howled back. This went on for about a minute.
Then he looked behind the cabin, and the first coyote was seen ambling down the path toward the second coyote. We sat still as we watched it trot on by, being guided by a continuing howl from his friend to the left.
Ah.......life! What a treat this morning was with one fine young man. It was almost time for breakfast back at the house, and our coffee mugs were drained into us. So what does one do? Of course, you go back and collect the eggs for the day on the way home. :-) Talk about fresh.
One more wonderful time was what we had with the greats and the great-greats! It was now time to head for my boyhood home down in Oregon. This is one Tuesday this olde uncle will long remember.