Summer Time And The River Is Lazy.

Summer Time my second best season of the year. It was first for many years until I got hooked deer hunting.
I love going to the lake,any lake, having a cook out ,fishing, swimming, throwing a Frisbee. All is great fun with family or friends. I was never a really great swimmer but I could stay on top. I learned how in the Boy Scouts at Camp Orr. I wouldn’t want to go without a life preserver on now. My back is really particular on my position and I back float better than on my stomach. Besides I am not in the greatest shape right now.
Growing up in Prairie Grove, baseball was the only thing for a guy to do. Pee wee through Babe Ruth I played every year. Wednesday afternoons a bus took a bunch of us, first to Lake Weddington, then later we started going to the Fayetteville pool. Lots of fun.
Summer was also summer vacation time. My first big trip was to California when I was 9 years old. Found out later that was the first big trip for the family period. On that trip I got to see the Grand Canyon, very beautiful, stopped at a museum and saw some petrified trees. We went over the Boulder Dam, huge, and stopped in Las Vegas. This was when it was still a mob town and before the strip got all fancy. It was 5:00 in the afternoon and the temp was over 100. We as a family went in a casino to cool off and look around. I was the type of kid that never wanted to get into trouble and would never do daring stuff. Not so my brother Tom. He had some nickles and started playing the machines. I don’t remember how much he put in but when he won a few dollars we were told to leave the casino. Didn’t see anyone until he won. Seeing LA and the traffic was a bit overwhelming for this small town boy but my dad didn’t get lost once and we stayed at an Uncles for several days there. Got to see Disney Land, Knotts Berry Farm, and swam in the ocean. Each was a good time and worth doing. We then headed north to the town of Antioch. On the way we went through Sequoia National park. It took us into the mountains and we got to see the big trees. We rested a couple days in Antioch but we did go fishing in the Sacramento River. Bigger than most rivers around here. We also went to San Francisco for a day. A beautiful city. Got to cross the Golden Gate Bridge , see the Fisherman’s Wharf, seals on a rock in the ocean and the very pretty homes. A day or two later we had to leave for home. I won’t bore you with every detail but if you can ever visit Lake Tahoe then go. The lake had 10 different shades of blue showing the depth. Prettiest lake I have ever seen.
Most summers meant a 2 week vacation for my mom. Tom and I would spend 2 or 3 weeks with my grand parents in Optima Ok. A town of maybe 100. My grand mother was the post master. When the trains still carried the mail we would go to the tracks and my granddad would hang the mail on a post. When the train came by, a man with a hook would snatch the bag and another would throw out the incoming bag. The train didn’t slow down any either. It was very hard to see every thing happen. These good times lasted until my grand dad died in 1967.
This year I am going to make 2 trips and maybe 3. My first will start on this Thursday. I am flying to Sacramento then driving to Redding California. I will visit a church there. Several from my church has visited it in one capacity or another. I hope to visit with several pastor and leaders from there but I will be okay at whatever transpires. Short trip will be back the following Monday night. I may get to visit Mount Shasta. I should be able to see it from Redding which is at least 1 hour away.
Second trip is back to Duluth Mn. I hope to do some fishing and just relaxing up there. I hope it has warmed up some by then. It is always a good time.
The maybe trip would to visit my nephew Terry in Las Vegas. He and his wife Cathy have triplets that I haven’t seen for years. I hope to drive on this trip. The reason is so I can see Monument Valley. Many of John Ford’s movies and John Wayne’s were made there. I would also like to see Pawn Stars and maybe the guy that tricks out cars. This trip will be decided by whether or not I have enough funds to make it or not. Well that is part of my past and a part of my future. We will soon see how it all plays out. God Bless you and feel free to comment good or bad. I can take it.


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