I Can Smile At The Old Days


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This week–TAILS-Share A Summertime Memory

Nearly all of my best summertime memories involve a forest: either camping or the cabin. This prompt drew my mind back into my youth and a few outstanding memories of summertime. It was impossible to narrow it down to just one, so here are a few.

Picking blackberries with my little brother. Watching and learning to trout fish from my Dad in the Sierras. How the sun reflected off their shiny rainbow scales and how tasty the feast was that night (picture is Moccasin Creek in the Sierra Nevada mountains where the best blackberry hunting was)

Climbing Vernal-Nevada Falls with my Pop. Then resting at the top, in the mist, and feeding the squirrels some of our trail mix. Being completely amazed by the view of Half Dome and the valley below.

Lying on top of the houseboat watching the sun set over the Delta. Exhausted from a day of fishing, swimming, jumping off the roof, reading and adventuring.

Learning to whittle wooden knives for our “survival” in the wilds of the Yosemite campground. Climbing the logs, scaling rocks, forging rivers all the while pretending we were alone in the scare wilderness.
Can you guess which one is me? (Note the little kids whittle with stick on stick, LOL). This is from 1972.


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  1. Mar

    I think thats you in the brown britches šŸ˜‰

  2. I have fond memories of picking blackberries near my grandma’s house. (I didn’t post about it today, though.) How many of them did you eat on the way back? Nevermind.. if you were like me, I already know the answer. šŸ™‚

    The picture of the waterfall is breathtaking!

  3. Beautiful pictures! Ooh, a houseboat, too? What fun!

    I did not grow up camping, but I discovered it in high school and college and really got into it as an adult. I hope that next summer Tom and I will be in the same state so that we can get back to camping together. Great post!

  4. Reading your post (and looking at the lovely photos) bring back memories of MY visits to Yosemite (I’ve hiked to the Vernal & Nevada falls MANY times) … and to the Delta. I guess I didn’t realize you’re a California gal like me.
    Hugs and blessings,

  5. What a gorgeous recollection, Vixen. This was great. Thanks.

  6. I’m a big fan of the great outdoors as well. My partner, however, prefers her outdoors with a pane of glass between her and it. Looking forward to father/son camping trips!

  7. Yes, a wonderful way to spend time, young or old. Do you still live in the area? Sorry to hear that last years fires hit you personally. If smoke is all we have to deal with, we have no complaints.

  8. Cindi

    We never went camping when I was growing up unless it was a Church youth trip. My Mama was a firm believer that if you were going on vacation why would you want to have to cook and clean and all that there too. Not much of a vacation for the Mama in the group. I tend a good deal toward her opinion. I like fluffy mattresses, air conditioning, ice machines, waitresses, and housekeepers to change the sheets, bring in clean cups, scrub the bathroom, yada yada yada. I want to come back refreshed too.

    Yosemite is a recent experience for us, as we haven’t ever lived on this coast before. I like to get back home before sleep though. I like my bed.


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