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Oregon Country Fair

July 14, 2009

After a good visit with Finn and Joyce, and exploring the deep lava tube and pumice fields near Bend Oregon, we went on to the Oregon Country Fair outside of Eugene, where my good friend Melanie was working.  We were able to just camp in our vehicle in the lot both nights, and although it was an eye-popping, jaw-dropping, overstimulating life-affirming good time at the fair, the kids wanted to do it again the next day so we did.  The food and music were superb and varied around every corner.  We are all determined to make it back next year.  We regretfully missed Montana’s Herb Gathering and the International Folk Music Festival this weekend, and OCF was a pretty good substitute for the both of them. Mazie’s always-prolific art has taken a turn since the weekend, more fantastic and elaborate and imaginative.

We’re coming to a rest for a few days at the 260 acre ranch that Melanie caretakes – her cabin, so much like our old one, is about 90 years old (which says a lot about how ours was built, as it was only35 years old!).  This is beautiful land, with thick mossy walnut trees for the kids to climb – they hung out for an hour or two yesterday in one.  We ride our bikes several minutes up the bumpy road past a mossy grove, some pear trees, and a few other cabins, to the owner’s empty house to do laundry and use their outdoor shower, and her horses keep a good eye on us.

This is a snippet I found in Harper’s that seems to suit us so well at this stage:

The writer Andre Gide relates this experience of a trip he took into the Belgian Congo:

My party had been pushing ahead at a fast pace for a number of days, and one morning when we were ready to set out, our native bearers, who carried the food and equipment, were found sitting about without any preparations made for starting the day.

Upon being questioned, they said, quite simply, that they had been traveling so fast in these last days that they had gotten ahead of their souls and were going to stay quietly in camp for the day in order for their souls to catch up with them.

So they came to a complete stop.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. MomE permalink
    July 14, 2009 12:07 pm

    I can hardly wait each day to see if you have posted. This morning I have so enjoyed the pictures with my morning coffee. Thank you so much for allowing us to go on your journey. Did you buy a poem?

    What a wonderful gift you are giving your family? I can see the sense of awe on the children’s faces.

  2. Ann Hays permalink
    July 14, 2009 3:38 pm

    Trent & Cami, I too look forward to your blogs!! If you come near Estes Park, I expect a visit!! Love, Ann

  3. July 15, 2009 5:25 pm

    Mom-Elaine sent me your blog address.
    I’ll be along for the ride (via your interesting blog)
    be safe..continue HAPPINESS

  4. Kathie permalink
    July 20, 2009 10:08 pm

    Ahhhh…wise idea…..I’m taking some time to let my soul catch up, too.

    We just might be enjoying this as much as you all are! Thanks for including us!

    Love you!! Be safe!

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