Mountains and Water

Seth & Ajax XCThings have been somewhat routine this winter with not much of interest to write about; therefore, I’ve not been posting much to the journal. I’ve taken a significant detox moment from all media of late as well. I recommend this approach occasionally, especially during political seasons. Headlines, photographs, ads, content… adios. I’ve been off of the television for years. Better to read some old books and take a stab at the occasional sketch. I just wrapped up Woolf’s The Voyage Out, an interesting read. I have to admit I liked Woolf’s The Journal of Mistress Joan Martyn.Bonner Mill & Reconstructed Clark Fork in MissoulaAt any rate, I thought I’d post a few pictures today of the general goings on… These are according to protocol, which is to say with the phone and not a stand alone camera – se la vie. I think one get used to using the phone for photographs and the truth is they do a pretty decent job. When the photo is not that great, I simply chalk matters up to ‘Well, consider it an abstract,’ and find myself perfectly content. The photograph is really about preserving a memory of some sort. That is the gist of it, really. If one goes through his day wondering, ‘How will the sharpness of that last one be viewed by folks?’ Or, ‘Gee, I really fouled up the exposure on that one!’ he’s bound to be doing himself a great disservice. Just take a picture of the kids and the dog and move on. Having alluded to the dog, I might as well note that Ajax has certainly been front and center. Is this really a surprise, given that he’s a four month old Newfoundland? He has added a little zip to everyone’s step, truly. Seth, Erin and I were getting in a few cross country skiing excursions in the Missoula area until the latest ‘climate change’ which put an abrupt halt to skiing in the low country. Last night we had a nifty little burst of rain. Todd mentioned seeing lightning in the blowing storm. There is something off kilter about lightning storms in the middle of winter. Weather today is what it is.ET & Ajax XC SkiingI took the upper pano of Bonner and the old Mill site while traversing some of the hills above the river. One can glean the former dam site and the Clark Fork clean up/restoration in the photograph; below the stacks of logs which are lying in the former Mill’s yard. This is the Blackfoot’s mouth, where it flows into the Clark Fork River and where I used to fish for pike behind the old dam. Like most fishermen, I’m glad the dam was removed. Eventually the river system should settle and perhaps the Superfund Site cleanup will be deemed by most to have been a worthy project. It may take a while for some of the down stream residents to agree, however. As long dormant mining tailings were dredged up, some of the toxic debris inevitably made its way with the silt down to the next obstruction. I still can’t understand why the engineers decided to put an interstate bridge concrete piling smack in the middle of the Blackfoot River just above the confluence? Maybe there was no other option, but it looks pretty hazardous to water rec types in its present location.

Jax got his first introduction to the big water today with a trip to the Biterroot and the Lolo area in particular, another one time fishing hole. It was interesting noting people jogging on the east side of the river in the area? Also, there were four hikers high atop the eastern hills, another new sight… The temps have warmed up but the river is still cold and this was something I kept in mind for the young pup. We stayed in the shallow water. Jax did swim a bit, paddling in one of the many back slews. Newfoundlands have huge paws, even at four months. The geese were out and about, honking and carrying on. I thought about getting the canoe out and drifting a section, but decided to hold off for maybe a day with a little less wind.Bitterroot Intro at Lolo

2 thoughts on “Mountains and Water

  1. Garland Thayer Post author

    Thanks Brennie,

    It’s nice that the kids were able to get out when we had some snow in these parts. It’s a shame that it has melted in the lower elevations; but, we would not want one to venture too far into the snowfields, of course…

    I probably should have said a little more about Virginia Woolf’s book rather than simply that I found it interesting. ‘The Voyage Out’ was a pleasant read that was a bit dry in the mid section. I found Helen to be much more realistic than Rachel and honestly to a degree the tale itself a shade too exaggerated. That, of course, often is the nature of fiction; exaggeration does have its impact. Woolf’s critique of the land tenure system in the Martyn short story is fair and I enjoyed the story’s genealogy orientation. Fortunately we’ve moved out of the Late Middle Ages and Early Modern Period, although the pangs of the present technological era are quite pronounced and a separate matter all together. Woolf took a little too much from Conrad, using the term ‘darkness’ a few times during the river trip, which had me thinking of Marlow. Ridley Ambrose and Mr. Pepper come off as aloof academic/scholar bores (here I appreciated Woolf’s take), Mr. Dalloway and Vinrace as domineering alphas. Mr. Pepper does have an acute understanding of the environment. The work comes off as a bit too critical on commerce.

    Today we’re living in what might be described as a hyper sensitive era, one where what is written is often thoroughly explored but not succinctly understood. In a sense, today may be deemed a grey poetic period. Perception is not a simple subject as Mr. Berkeley realized. Spending one’s time looking for the answer to the question, ‘what’s under the surface with this one?’ has its limitations, is often unproductive and gradually wears on one. This is the case in speech as well. As a reader, I fall into this morass occasionally also, finding it necessary to simply discontinue with the contemporary jargon for brief periods as alluded to in the text above.

    One example of the ‘Grey Poetic Period’: Alan Greenspan’s ‘ I know you think you understand what you thought I said but I’m not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant’

    I like Woolf. She had the same ability with words as Hardy. Some of her passages are mesmerizing. I like her ‘Writer’s Diary’ and short stories.

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