Tuesday, January 5, 2010

It's catching up with me

All of the past two months is finally catching up with me.  Being sedentary in a warm office is like a giant sleeping pill.  I was to tired when I walked out of there.  I ate about 5:30 and was flat in bed by 6 pm and didn't get up until 6 am.  That's 11.5 hours of total comatose sleep.  ( I did get up from 10-10:30 to turn off the computer and check the Fiesta Bowl reports.  Way to go, Boise State!) 

It's now a little after 6:30 and I am still so tired I could go right back to sleep.  Luckily, there's nothing much to do at the office.  I plan on working 8-2 and then spending the next 3 hours on financial damage control once again.  It's gonna take awhile, that's for sure.  In the medical industry, I think they call it "triage."  Hopefully, the accident scene will be stabilized and the victims hauled off to the ER soon!

We're getting excited about going to Harriman on Saturday.  Click here to go to the official Idaho Parks & recreation website for this place. In every humans' geographical context, there are some places that become what is often called a "familiar haunt" or a hang out spot, or whatever.  That's the way Harriman is for us.
We know it will be a b ig part of our lives for the rest of our lives in all four seasons but primarily summer and winter.  The hiking trails are simply superb and those same trails become x-c and snow shoe trails in the winter.  The wildlife is awesome, the views are spectacular and the management is top notch.  What's not to like?

As the decades pass since Harriman became public property, it's easy for people to forget or minimalize the "backstory" of the place.  Basically, incredibly rich easteners bought up the land to create the ranch, built the buildings that continue to be the heart of the place and then gave it to the State of Idaho scot free!  If they hadn't done that, the place would be strictly off limits as private gated communities peppered with McMansions.  But get this--when the Harrimans decided to give the place away, they noted that Idaho didn't even have a State Parks system.  So, they made the gift conditional--you create a State Parks system and we give you your first park.  Well, at least the Idaho legislators weren't a bunch of chumps back then in the 1970's--they took the bait and now Idaho has a first rate state parks system.  So, the Harriman gift had greater dividends than just the land and buildings that are the spectacular state park.

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