[i]"this was all a cathedral then and the cowboys they all knew.
That you can't keep a loop on paradise but she disappeared so soon.
She disappeard too soon"
- corb lund[/i]
Nursed a hangover while drinking beer and watching the ball game with the father in-law this afternoon. The missus and the mother in-law were looking at photo albums in the kitchen. When I went to the fridge to grab another couple cold ones, I saw a few fish pics and started looking through them as well.
One album was from when the father in-law was young.
There's a ranch way back in the foothills that has been in his family for generations. The mountain behind it is named after his grandmother. They moved to town when he got to school age but they spent every summer out there.
We started talking about what it was like back then.
He's pushing 70 now but when he talked of those summer's out at the ranch, it sounded like it was only yesterday to him.
"Time of my life. No work, no school, no aches, no pains. Just miles of river and mountains in every direction."
"You would have loved it"
Fishing. Campfires. Week long pack trips. Yep sounds like heaven to me.
He golfs now but never fails to ask me where I went, what I used and how I did.
I asked why he doesn't fish anymore.
"It just wouldn't be the same as it was back then."
"Plus fairways are a little easier on the body. I probably couldn't make it down some of those canyons anymore."
There was sadness and a tinge of anger in his voice when we spoke of all the million dollar ranchettes that seem to be popping up everywhere. 4000 sq. foot homes, 4 car garages, 20 acres of sod. Lined up as far you can see in some places.
"Awful waste of good land."
This the old lady's Grandfather.
When he got too old and couldn't see that well anymore, they took his license away. He bought a lawn tractor and rode that thing all over town. I never got to meet the man. Wish I did.
Just before heading off to bed the father in-law turned me and said "It's beautiful out here now . . . but boy you should've seen her back then."
It got me wondering what this place will look like in another 40 years. Sure hope there's some wild places left. With clean, clear water and healthy trout.[/report]
"Cheer up. You are not on fire." - jhnnythndr