12 March 2013

On Meeting My Waterloo (and links to other Linn County posts)

Besides the beauty of the foothills and mountains of this land I love so very much.
Besides its forests, woodlands and wilderness areas.
Besides the best drive in, numerous museums and a whole lot of covered bridges.
Besides its waterfalls and lakes,
well I love it here because of the many rivers and creeks which one finds within its borders....
I just can't get enough of this one...the South Santiam river.
I dream of what it looked like before the dams came.
I dream of how our family lived back then.
How the moods of the river might have affected them...
how they felt when they looked out on its beautiful waters on sunny, warm days such as this one.
I will never know the river such as they did,
in the time before the waters were impounded.
But here and there I catch glimpses of what it might have been like then,
in that simpler time when one was so connected to the land and its rivers and creeks.
A hard life, with less technology and with its share of challenges and losses,
but I think a good life...
And with that I introduce you to Waterloo Falls...
so you can say,
as I now can,
that you have met your 'waterloo'.
On this Monday,
I slept a long time
(after watching my dad while my sibling was out of town this weekend)
and then I spent time researching the land and history of our family and their neighbors.
Right now I am watching The Bible on the History Channel with mixed feelings,
but mostly happy with the presentation thus far.
Tomorrow I shall be 'greening' up our place in anticipation of St. Patrick's Day.
What did you do?
Other Linn County posts
(I am beginning to think I need to make it a category LOL. This is mostly for me because my labels and search function are not 100% accurate right now for some reason.)
I will updating this as I add more photos from Linn County taken over the years...well at least the ones I have taken since getting my first digital camera.
Brownsville/Crawfordsville area:
(Brownsville was one of the locations for the film Stand By Me; the town also has an incredible museum. Nearby Crawfordsville has a historical covered bridge and is part of a scenic byway that runs over the Cascade Mountains to Sisters in central Oregon)
Lebanon/Sweet Home/Cascadia area:
(including over the Cascades to Sisters)
(including over the Cascades to Sisters)
(Murals, waterfalls, another great museum, covered bridges and other historical buidings, reservoirs, gateway to mountain, river and wilderness adventures to the east and northeast, two scenic byways)
 Scio, Crabtree, Jordan area:
(History and peaceful landscapes)
 Shedd Area/Thompson Mills area:
 (Fascinating historical mill with Queen Anne home)
 I am intending to catch up on posts I have talked about. I ask patience as sometimes our connection is bad and my hubby has needed the laptop lately for work related education.


Betsy said...

Beautiful photos. What an amazing place to live.

Grayseasailor said...

It was such a pleasure to catch up with your news and views this morning, Aimee :-)

I love seeing the world around you and especially enjoyed seeing your waterfalls and first daffodil!

Our daffodils are now about ten inches tall, but still not blooming yet, although our red camellia bush is getting quite showy!

In response to your comment about influential women in your life, like E.E.: I was thinking recently how much I appreciated hearing Maria Von Trapp speak many years ago. Even though The Sound of Music was not a documentary of her life, it powerfully encouraged my walk with the Lord and is still my all time favorite movie.


by Teresa said...

We are fortunate here to have so many picturesque places to visit. I hope your dad is okay. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

aimee said...

Thank you...I agree, the PNW is an amazing place to live...just hate all the gray, wet days :-)
Blessings, Aimee

aimee said...

Welcome home Gracie! I am glad you enjoyed the photos...our Mt. Hood daffs are still not in bloom, so maybe yours are a later blooming variety too.
Love camellias...can hardly wait till our spring blooming one has flowers too. Enjoy yours!!!
That would have been SO awesome to hear Maria von Trapp! I have copies of all of her books and reallt enjoyed them! Happy to hear she had a positive influence on you :-)
Blessings, Aimee

aimee said...

So agree! So many pretty places to visit, so little time :-)
Thanks for the good wishes for my dad...he is actually doing very well, but his Dr. feels he needs someone to stay with him just in case.
Blessings, Aimee

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