Chuck surprised me with a little trip to McCall in celebration of my 55th birthday. It is so pretty there and the weather was so nice, in the 70's with clear skys.
For the first time since we've had children we just took off without having to arrange different places for the kids to go . We did call before bed and made sure they locked up and were okay, but it was so different from what I've been used to. She bears are always very protective and I'm learning to relax a little more as the cubs are all almost grown.
Our first stop was at a cabin retreat that our son, David, wife and family were staying. I didn't realize they were in McCall and Chuck had arranged to see them as a surprise. He pulled in front of the cabin and I could see and hear my granddaughters running to greet me. I was so pleased to see them and then we stayed for lunch and visited awhile.
One of my favorite things to do in McCall is to go to the Poderosa State Park and walk on the hiking trails. It's so wooded and the trail takes you deep in the coolness of the trees and winds around up and down. You can hear the birds calling to each other and see little chipmunks scurrying up the trees. The word "bear" entered my mind, but I kept telling myself that we would have been warned.
In the morning we had a relaxing walk by the lake and watched the boaters and skiers having fun. We remarked to one another that even though the water was cold the little kids didn't seem to notice and played and splashed anyway.
Another "first" was that we got a senior discount on the hotel room. Now that was something to ponder as only "old" people get senior discounts. It has been said that the 50's are the "youth of old age," so we're still young, right?