Exit Brief La Grande: I departed La
Grande a couple of days sooner than I was actually scheduled to but I
did not want to travel on a Friday. So I left La Grande, Oregon on
Wednesday the 20th of August. Now I will be all settled in at my new
"home" in Meridian, Idaho before the weekend.
I thoroughly enjoyed my 3 month stay in
La Grande, Oregon and will do it again some summer in the future. I
enjoyed going around the various parts of the Grande Ron Valley
seeing all those places I used to visit when I was a teenager before
I left for the real world by joining the Navy.
What totally surprised me about the La
Grande area was how little it had changed. With only a few exceptions
everything looks pretty much as I remember it. I saw no real increase
of companies that would increase the jobs available in the valley.
Now some people would see this lack of growth a negative. I do not,
I see it as a comfortable place to live. Too much change to fast is
very unsettling to me.
In my various travels I have seen so
many places that have just grown beyond belief. Boise, Idaho is just
one example of this. You can't go anywhere between Boise, Meridian,
Nampa and Caldwell without seeing a new housing track, strip mall or
other construction underway. What used to be fields tended by farmers
are now asphalt and buildings.
On several occasions I drove around to
other parts of the valley and into the surrounding mountains. The
scenery was even more spectacular than I remembered. I attribute
part of that to the fact that I am now more sensitive to the beauty
of the world than, I was back then. I am sure it was just as
beautiful a valley in those days as it is now. I just see it with
more appreciative eyes.
I met only one former school mate and
that was Lynn Wagoner who was a few years younger than me but I
remember him for several reasons. The biggest reason is the school I
attended, in Imbler only had 202 students in it. And that total
included all grade from kindergarten through 12th grade. For example
my graduating class, the class of 1965, had 14 graduates.
This size of school had those of us
attending the Imbler High School and Jr High all passing each other
in the hallways and using the same classrooms, not at the same time,
and having lunch at the same time. So even though our classes were
small the school social community encompassed as many as 5 grades.
As I write this posting I have now been
back to Meridian for a few days and have settled back into some sort
of routine. When I say routine, I mean one that has included the
continued watching of the Olympics which ended yesterday. Starting
today I will shift my routine back to a more normal one with less
television and more work.
I spent Saturday with my granddaughter
Ellery and son Ray. She is, of course, continuing to grow and become
even more beautiful. She has her grandpas heart.
I plan to stay here in the Boise, Idaho
area for about two months and then begin my winter migration back to
Arizona. I have spent the last several years blowing through Utah,
but this time I plan to spend a couple of weeks in the vicinity of
the Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks. After Utah I plan to head
over to Nevada and spend about a month in the Las Vegas area. From
Vegas I will head South to Quartzite, Arizona for a week or so then
on to my winter quarters just North of Phoenix.