Friday, April 19, 2013

Friday Farm Fun - Memory Lane

Looking from the bridge upstream
Growing up, our house sat at the end of a third of a mile lane. I've traversed that lane many times over the years by foot, bike, horseback, and in a car.

In the summer when my older cousin visited we'd make lemonade and try to sell it out at the county road at the end of the lane. The county road was the route for hikers and horse packers to get into the high lakes of the Wallowa Mountains. Very few of the "tourists" stopped, but locals would stop now and then.

My brothers and I always raced our horses from the county road to the house. It's not a good thing to run a horse to the barn, but we always had to see who had the fastest horse. If we raced the full length of the lane, my horse Junebug always won. But if we started at the barn and raced to the house, Smoky, the appaloosa, would win. And my younger brother would bring up the rear on his Welsh pony.

Looking downstream from the bridge.
We'd wade in the water and fish. 
The irrigation ditch that wound around the edge of the property by the house then curved in to run through the long pasture where we kept the horses was one of our favorite places to spend time. There were two bridges in the lane that crossed the ditch. The first one was up higher and made a great place to stop when walking to toss sticks, leaves, and pebbles in the water and watch the fish darting around in the crystal clear water.

I lost my eyelashes one spring when the family went out to burn the old grass along the lane. Kids will be kids. I played with the fire, lighting long pieces of grass on fire and got too close to some flames, making my eyelashes curl up when they were singed.

The lane has always been one of my favorite places to walk and think. There are ground squirrels to chuck rocks at, flowers to admire, the sound and sight of birds, and the crunch of gravel under your feet.


Terri said...

Ahhhhh Paty....being the "older cousin that visited", I have such fond memories of my summers spent with all of you. Thanks for the pix too!♥♡♥

Paty Jager said...

Hi Cuz! Always happy to go down memory lane with you.

bn100 said...

Those sound like fun memories

bn100candg at hotmail dot com

Paty Jager said...

They were bn.