Monday, July 16, 2012

Regarding Gaps

"Thomas Merton wrote, "there is always a temptation to diddle around in the contemplative life, making itsy-bitsy statues." There is always an enormous temptation in all of life to diddle around making itsy-bitsy friends and meals and journeys for itsy-bitsy years on end. It is so self-conscious, so apparently moral, simply to step aside from the gaps where the creeks and winds pour down, saying, I never merited this grace, quite rightly, and then to sulk along the rest of your days on the edge of rage.

I won't have it. The world is wilder than that in all directions, more dangerous and bitter, more extravagant and bright. We are making hay when we should be making whoopee; we are raising tomatoes when we should be raising Cain, or Lazarus.

Go up into the gaps. If you can find them; they shift and vanish too. Stalk the gaps. Squeak into a gap in the soil, turn, and unlock - more than a maple - a universe. This is how you spend this afternoon, and tomorrow morning, and tomorrow afternoon. Spend the afternoon. You can’t take it with you.

–Annie Dillard
Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

The Montana Leg

After trekking to the cabin we pressed on to a new state: Montana!
To break up the journey, we spent the night in Spokane. What a sweet city! There, we explored Riverfront Park. We had shave ice, took a ride in a Ferris Wheel, swam in the motel pool and ordered room service. It was really warm and a lovely evening. There was even a wedding going on as we walked along the river path.
And then, the next day, many hours later, we arrived in Montana. Montana is just plain beautiful and it smells really good. We thought of this part of it, (we stayed on Flathead Lake near Kalispell), as an extension of the northwest.
Check out our adorable home away from home....
The view from the screened porch was quite lovely, especially at twilight.
The girls scooped mini fish right out of the lake. We finally took the plunge and swam in the lake at the end of the week. It was VERY COLD but refreshing in such warm wonderful weather.
We had some precious down time....

We enjoyed some tasty ice cream treats at Norm's News. Their butterscotch shake was TASTY!

The hammock got a bit of action, the hot tub, a lot. Books were finished. I read The Penderwicks to the girls.

And Glacier National Park! Oh, the beauty. It was truly worth visiting, and we took several great hikes there the two days that we visited the park.We hiked into Avalanche Lake. What a reward met us at the top.
Hidden Creek atop Logan Pass rewarded us with this stunning vista.....
and a view of these tame mountain goats....

We checked out MacDonald Lodge.

I love the oldie time busses they shuttle tourists around in, but we saw Going to the Sun Road in our own vehicle, thank you very much.
We kayaked on Flathead Lake, too, which was super fun.
Our two week summer trip did not disappoint this year. Sitting down to document it leaves me feeling lucky. Very.

The Annual 4th of July Cabin Trip

The sight of this trail is good for my soul. We spent a week at the cabin over 4th of July and had the best time.

The weather got GORGEOUS about halfway in. One could do worse than to wake up to sunshine and water every day. This is one of my happy places, and it was made all the happier by the people who got to share it with us: our friends The Rimbeys from Eugene, and then my mom and brother.

The critter-catching alone kept the kids happy and occupied, and ironically, began when we adults saw some super cool diverse fluttery moths the night before and caught them for the kids. They were literally fighting over who got to put this moth, ("Momoth" because of his mohawk) on their face.

The next night we caught Momoth's twin, Jomoth. About the only thing you find yourself missing at the cabin is GOOGLE, and hence a few nature encyclopedias were purchased at the local Goodwill to supply us with important information such as, the difference between moths and butterlies. One difference is that when moths land, they keep their wings spread, and when butterflies land, they fold their wings up. Thank you very much, nature encyclopedias.
There were also frogs.........Oh how glad I am that frogs still take center stage, even when attitudes and smirks take center stage for my now nine year old!
Lots of poliwogs this summer, too.
and Swallowtail butterflies.

This year we made friendship bracelets.

We took many a trip into Yelm for trips to the meat market, Waly-mart, and we checked out Yelm's awesome library.

There were also trips into Rainier for cookies....(they frost snickerdoodles here, people!)

We hit the pool, something I truly hadn't done since the late 80's. It looked exactly the same.
We met our first homemade Dutch Baby.
There were canoe rides, hikes, and hammock time. BB guns made an appearance. Nobody worked. Everybody danced. We hula-hooped.
We made more t-shirts,this one for my husband a tribute to a favorite childhood treat.

I had some quality time with my brother Ryan.
I've said it before and I'll say it again, for the cabin, we are all very very lucky. To another great summer adventure there!