Friday, July 31, 2015

Valder-Ree Valder-Ra


When I was a kid I learned right away never to tell my mom, “Im Bored!”  Her answer was always, ‘Oh I have a project for you; let’s go Clean Out your Closet!!” Oh man, that cured me quickly.  So I guess my mom’s been bored lately cause for that last couple of years, she’s been slowly cleaning out all her closets and cupboards and drawers.   
Isn't that a funny word, cup-board with a P in the middle there.   
And little by little, as she sorts through her cuPboards she passes stuff to me that she thinks I needs to keep. 
Well yesterday she brought me, along with a bag full of other ‘treasures’ this Little Wooden Casket, I mean this little wooden Music Box that my Grampa Siemens had made me years ago.  
How sweet, he made it for his little granddaughter just like the label says on the bottom of the caske music box.
 

 And look, here’s the label inside the lid, “Der Frehliche Wanderer” The Happy Wanderer.  Huh.
 After she left, I wound the box. 
And lifted the lid.
 Oh my.
What a happy little tune, that takes me straight back to a straight-haired skinny little blond girl that sings somethings about a Knapsack. WHAT?!? A Knapsack music box from when I was a little girl? No Wonder I Love Packpacking and have been longing to wander, along the mountain track for as long as I can remember (which isn’t very long). Yoddel Eee, Yodddel Aa, Yodle ah-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha No, it’s VALDER.
“Valder-Reee, Valder-Raaaa, ValderRah Hahahahaha
A Knapsack on my back!!!”
Ok wait, is that right?  Does that Valder Ree nonscence really go with the Knapsack Song? And is the Knapsack song the one that’s in my coffi music box?
Well I looked it up and Look At This: 
IT IS!!!!

The Happy Wanderer

I love to go a-wandering,
Along the mountain track,
And as I go, I love to sing,
My knapsack on my back. Chorus:
Val-deri,Val-dera,
Val-deri,
Val-dera-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha
Val-deri,Val-dera.
My knapsack on my back.


I love to wander by the stream
That dances in the sun,
So joyously it calls to me,
"Come! Join my happy song!"

I wave my hat to all I meet,
And they wave back to me,
And blackbirds call so loud and sweet
From ev'ry green wood tree.

High overhead, the skylarks wing,
They never rest at home
But just like me, they love to sing,
As o'er the world we roam.

Oh, may I go a-wandering
Until the day I die!
Oh, may I always laugh and sing,
Beneath God's clear blue sky!
Every Single Word of this song is exactly what I love and will now be the Theme Song on the Trail for me AND whether they like it or not for TJ and Jon and Ju Ju our Packpacking Pals.

So it’s my Grampa Siemens’ fault that I. Love. Hiking. so very much…

“oh may I always laugh and sing, beneath God’s clear blue sky!”

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Lewis Creek 2015

Once again we went to hike Lewis Creek on New Years Day and this time I did NOT fall and break my leg!  Well I didn't actually Break my leg last year, but I did fall and twist my ankle and I cried! It was swollen and sore but I Was Ok!!

This year the little waterfall was half frozen over!  
Pretty, isn't it!!
 It's called Red Rock Falls, why? I have No Idea! But it sure is pretty with the light shining through the back like that, isn't is?  Our whole hike was planned according to exactly when that light would shine from behind it, right? Nope, not at all, we just got really lucky that day!  Yay, Thank the Lord!! Why He has favor on us I have no idea, but Im sure glad He does!
After the light was gone, these other hikers came along with their cameras and tripods.  The one guy started bragging about his photos and his web sight and ... blah blah blah.  He very well may be fantastic, I have no idea, I just know he missed the light shining behind the little half frozen waterfall and Im So glad I got to see it!!

Then on our way out, we saw these super cool, mushrooms growing out of the trees. Far-out man! 
 
Dude, check it out! 
Right On, these look like Pancakes. Way Cool!
And I'm told they're really good with rainbow sprinkles and unicorns but I have No Idea how to do that!!


Thursday, August 14, 2014

My Rae Lakes Story Part III

Day 3 and 4
 Day 3 was spent at Kearsarge Lakes which was BEA-YOU-Tea-Full!!
 
It's completely cloudy which is fine because it makes for very even lighting for photog oh wait, the fancy new 1-pound tri-pod is No Good without the
 CAMERA!!
This is Julie.  She has HER camera.  AND she has that nifty cool tripod on her trekking poles which I have too buuuut....!

No worries, we'll just do what we can with the trusty little ipone.  
 
 
 
 
Can you see how beautiful Kearsarge Lakes is?  

After breakfast TJ & I walked all along the path that led around and beside the lakes,
 
 

 overlooking Frog Lake from where we had come. 
 

Later Tom and Jon fly fished for a Long Time in this serene place 
 
until, 
 
until it started to rain!  
 
The rain started out slow and then came down in Buckets and threatened to flood into our tent!!! 
Ahhh - but not to worry - TJ and Jon know just what to do and apparently Julie does too!!  They worked like dogs and were soaked up like sponges digging trenches around our tents.  Later I felt like a heel when I found out that Julie was out there trenching too!  I thought she had gone in her tent like I had gone in mine, and that it was the MEN out there protecting their women in the storm But No!!!!  She was out there too, and all I did was sit in my tent barking out orders!! 
With the trenches dug we did our best to pass the afternoon in our dry little spaces.  We strung up dental floss for a clothes line.  We played cards and I read to Tom from the book I'd brought along. We did 'tent yoga' and finally we broke out the wine and poured ourselves a glass to go along with our little pic-nic of brie, crackers, fig jam and lemon tarts for dessert!!
 
 Poor Jon & Julie, all they had was a protein bar and some trail mix!  They were quite jealous of us later when they heard about the pic-nic we had in our tent!!  They're some of the BEST 'pretend' friends you could ever have on the trail, Ever! And they knew right away I was lying about the wine and crackers and cheese!!!

Tomorrow, Day 4 is Pass Day.  
I don’t mean pass, like 'pass the salt please', or pass, like 'I'll take a pass on that thank you', I mean PASS like 12 THOUSAND Feet over Glen Pass  pass!!!  
 What if it's raining tomorrow?  
 What if we have to pack up the tent in the rain?  
 What if we have to hike up and over The Pass in the rain?
 
Well it wasn't!  and we Didn't! 
 
He that holds the stars in the sky, held the rain in the clouds that day and we had wonderful cloudy, Cool weather to Hike Up the Glen Pass without any rain on
 Day 4!!!
Apparently all our training this summer had paid off; we knew Glen Pass was going to be hard and it was, but somehow we made it just fine.  Actually, I felt strong that day; Long Strides, Long Strides. 
 
 Up up and UP some more. 
Past Charlotte Lake
Charlotte Lake


 And up into the Moonscape side of the pass


 

 
 Back and forth through the switchbacks each one going further up.  After several switchbacks I started counting them; 
 
18 - Huff,  long strides, Huff Huff.  19 - Huff, long strides, Huff Huff.
 
and then, by the time I got to 21, I was THERE!!! 
  
I wasn't 21, I'd Counted 21 switchbacks
let's not be confused!
I couldn’t believe it!  I’d made it up the pass!  
 We left Kearsarge Lakes on Day 4 in the morning at 8:45.  It’s now 1:07 in the afternoon of the same day and there we were, On the Top Of The World!!!!
that's it, hold your arm out there TJ, show some enthusiasm
To one side we could see the stark beauty of the moon-scape landscape where we'd climbed up all those switchbacks 
and on the other side is the culmination of a summer’s worth of training, the Goal is in Sight:
RAE LAKES here we Cooooome!!!!