We were invited to an annual get-together of old friends of our new neighbors, Sam & Deborah. This couple moved in a couple years ago, just across the street, but with kids and busy lives, we haven’t really gotten all that acquainted with them. Nothing wrong, just different lives happening. That all changed with this event!
Sam and Deborah told me more of their story that involved his proposing to her while vacationing/camping up in S.E. Oregon’s little known ** Steens Mountain range, **, not 90 miles form the tiny cowtown I grew up in. This picture looks directly at the Steens from their smaller cousins, the Trout Creek Mtns:
If you’re camping there, you MAY be near this lovely river that holds WILD trout, the Blitzen:
***cuteness: There are two rivers that drain the snowbanks of this range, how Christmas could this be: The Donner & Blitzen.
Their party-goer friendships are long-term, and all revolve around very rugged outdoor sports….. like hiking up steep mountain slopes and then skiing down! It was potluck, Rodger got a projector for them to display their 2006-2007 photos on these expeditions. Some were astounding, but nothing any more charming than Sam-n-Deborah’s kids shown boarding off of sand dunes on the Alvord Desert….here’s what it looks like with the mtn range rising in the background:
Chet, the younger, is probably in the second grade………….. Conrad just a year or two older:
Their Dad built a little half-pipe in their back yard, and we can hear them after schools….great kids, and athletic as hell.
What a place to get a marriage proposal at, eh?
So, as the party progressed, and fabulous photography was displayed, I was not surprised to hear fascinating stories from this interesting group of folk………… the mistakes, the climbs, the thrills. The best? The fit guy describing his steep climb in deep snow to the top of the peak, and JUST as he planted his feet on the top, got skis unpacked, ONE ski takes off down the slope. He spent the afternoon hiking back DOWN the mountain….after watching all his friends ski off happily.
I wasn’t surprised either to learn that MOST of them were taught athletic pursuits when they were kids. Maybe that’s my problem? My folks did NOTHING sportswise…..I suppose when you’re weeding 100 acres of sugar beets at $.06 per row, there’s not much time to go snowboarding, HAH!