Have you ever been to the mountains?
A couple weeks ago we talked about the desert, so it’s only fair that the mountains get their turn in the spotlight, too.
When I was a little girl, my grandparents had a cabin up near Donner Lake in California. Most of the world thinks of Tahoe as the must-visit destination in that area, but I always loved Donner. Beautiful scenery, lots of nature, and fewer tourists than Tahoe.
There was something magical about being in the woods and listening to the wind whistle through the tops of the pine trees. As a kid, I believed the wind was talking to me. It sounded just like whispering voices, after all.
We saw a lot of blue jays around there, too. They’re beautiful birds. I see them occasionally here in Virginia, but never as frequently as I saw them at Donner. Squirrels lived in abundance, too. My grandfather was an avid peanut eater. In the shell, of course. Or…at least, he bought them in the shell. He took them out of the shell before eating them. (Obviously.)
Because I adored my grandfather, I of course had to do everything he did. Including eat peanuts. Only, I was also a little girl who needed entertaining. So I would take my empty peanut shells, fill them with pine needles and leaves from the ground, put them back together, and lay them out for the squirrels to find. I could entertain myself for hours watching those squirrels grab up those shells, crack them open, and then throw a fit when they didn’t find peanuts inside. They would chatter up a storm before storming off.
We went for long walks, rode bikes, caught a lot of fish, and played numerous hands of solitaire up there in the mountains. And – unlike the desert – I never an into a rattlesnake or got chased by a jumping tarantula. It was fun and carefree, a treasured part of my childhood. My heart swells with all kinds of warm emotions whenever I think back to those times spent in the mountains.
What about you? Any mountain stories to share? Places you’ve visited – or that you want to visit someday? If you’re not a mountain-lover, tell me why. I look forward to hearing from all of you!
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