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Chris Grech 05/26/16
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Jennie Logsdon Martin
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I guess it's OK that I'm not at the coast. The rivers are full of leaves and too high to fish. The weather is nasty with hard showers and thunderstorms. But still.... I miss my home. I've been here long enough. Too long, really.
I thought I needed time at my home in Oregon City to clean up my garden for the year. I had been at the coast a long time, with very short trips in between, to my home in the city.
I got what I asked for. Time in the city. And now I want time at the coast!
Am I ever happy? Satisfied? Moi?
It's like the grass is always greener on the other side of the river. One things for sure. The fishing is better on the other side! Always! And right now, the river is too high to cross, and my canoe has been put up for the season. I didn't get that last trip down to the big hole so I could spy on the salmon!
That's a big goal, each year. I love that experience! There is nothing as exciting as up-close and personal encounters with salmonids! Just the thought makes me "WHOOO HOOOO!"
Holding them is one thing. Yes. I love that! But, what gets me even more is seeing them as they are supposed to be! In the water! Wild, strong, free! Wheeee!
Once, Bill and I were going down into tide water and there is this one small chute that we go through, to get to where we like to fish. It's all but four feet across, and the water flushes through there pretty strong and fast. We were squeezing through, and
I just happened to be looking down into the water, and there, before my very eyes, maybe a foot under water was this gorgeous hunka-flash of silver! Oh! It had these strong shoulders, and it was pushing against the current, and moving upstream! My kind of man fish! Giggle!
It was right before my sight for all of five seconds, I'd say, but that five seconds was the most amazing five seconds and forever imprinted on my mind! That salmon had to be 20 pounds, and I saw him in all of his natural glory, doing what he had to do to escape us and get upstream!
Oh, this is what I live for! I held my breath in excitement for the longest time! Finally, it came out! "Bill! Did you see that!?" He did. Thank God he did, so that I knew I wasn't dreaming!
That's where I want to be, right now! In a boat... going downstream to fish! Or... in a boat, on a bay, where schools of salmon are seen. Actually seen with your own eyes! I've seen that, too, and these images are in my head, forever! If I ever lose my eyesight completely, thank God, I'll still have those memories and I'm forever grateful!
We were fishing at Memaloose and the water was pretty shallow. The talk in the boat was centered around trying to figure out if we should flat line our lures, or just use very small weights to get our lures in front of these salmon. They swam in schools before our very sight! We could SEE them!
They were springers! The salmon that dreams are made of! I wasn't involved in the debate as I could SEE them and that's what I was concerned with! Just SEEING them! Oh! I LOVE my vision! And I love when I see salmon!
I almost think that's half of the reason (or more?) why I fish. The chance to SEE them up close and personal. Those wonderful, majestic flashes of silver that swim magically in every water system on our coast.
The coho! The chinook! The jack salmon! The cutthroat... and the chum, all dressed up for Halloween! I love them each and every one!
There is a place on the road to our Kilchis home where a small stream runs close to the road. Most people think it's just a gutter. But, no! You can slow down and look for chum! It's a strong bet that every trip I make to town that time of year, I'm looking behind me for cars, and if there are none, I'll be slowing to a stop to get my eyeful!
Trick or treat!
If I see a splash and then the color of chum, my heart races! I have to pull over and stop and get out and "OH MY GOSH! There is nothing like a small stream, full of salmon, fighting to get up, up, upstream! I don't even dream of having a rod with me! It's a camera I crave! Or someone to share it with! I want to capture that feeling forever and ever!
There is a place up the Kilchis from my home where I walk the dogs. It's a perfect place for spawning salmon.
Once, a very long time ago, I walked with my boys and Bill up there, and we climbed up the bank, sat on a log and watched the salmon spawn in the shallows. We were all bundled up and sitting together as a family. I will never forget that day. The memories that I hold are precious. What more can you ask for, than a family adventure that includes the sighting of salmon, doing their magical thing in the shallows? What a treat that even Andrew, with his limited vision, could see the show! Amazing! I was sharing with my kids what amazes me most about life! It was a Thanksgiving adventure I will never forget.
Those salmon! I love them so much!
Once upon a time, I floated the canoe down to the big hole. (You know, the trip I missed, this year!) It was right after the first rain, and the water had come up just enough for the salmon to make it to that hole, and the rain stopped so they could go no further.
PERFECT! Gotcha! It's like my own little trap! :) I paddled back and forth around that pool, watching schools of salmon go under, and then ahead of my canoe. I was in Discovery Channel land! I had a grin on my face that wouldn't stop! All that could be better would be a glass bottom boat!
I went home and got Bill and put him in the back of that canoe, and paddled down to show him the proof. "The salmon are in, Bill! The salmon!"
For some reason, on that trip, he couldn't see them! Imagine that! Me, with the very poor vision, seeing the salmon, and he couldn't? That's bizarre. Maybe it was my polaroid sunglasses. But, it really bummed me out that he couldn't see them.
All that work. All that excitement. I wanted to share these salmon so badly! When I feel good, when something is awesome, I want others to feel that same excitement!
Bill is mainly a boat fisher. He likes fishing on the bank, also, but he gets a bit bored. So, when I tell him the salmon are in, I imagine that his mind immediately goes to the bay, to figure out what that means for boat fishing.
Me? My mind stays right there, enjoying every vision of every salmon I see! There can be nothing more magical than sighting salmon!
Please, don't ever get me wrong! I LOVE fishing! Every minute of it! But, nothing compares to spotting them for me! The first hit on my rod is very, very close in excitement. You know, that first tug!?
In fact, in the deep, dark of winter, and in the privacy of our own home, when Bill and I are alone...
When the rivers are all washed out, and the weather forces us inside, I know just what to do, to give me giggles of excitement!
(Stop that! It's not what you think!)
I get out my most sensitive fishing rod and whisper in Bill's ear, most seductively...
"Bill?" I point the tip of the rod towards him.
He knows exactly what this woman wants and needs.
You'd think I was talking about... well, something else. But, no. We are a strange group, us fishers!
He reaches out and grabs the tip of my rod and pulls on it, exactly like a salmon would! WHEEEEEE! FISH ON!
I can't help but get excited by the feel of a biting salmon, even if it's not really a salmon!
"Do it again, Bill! Do it again!"
Giggle. It's true, but I probably shouldn't have shared that.
So, here I sit in Oregon City. My garden is all cleaned up. I did that yesterday in the rain, in my bathrobe, right after coffee. The neighbors think I'm crazy.
They are correct.
The rain is pouring down in buckets, and I know the rivers are full. No chance of seeing, nor even catching a salmon, when the rivers are this high. But, I still want to go home, more than anything. I miss Bill. I miss him tugging on... never mind.
I have just one more appointment today, and then I get to be home.
Home sweet home, where the salmon roam!
And the jacks and the cutthroat, they play!
Where seldom is heard, a discouraging word-
And the chums will soon come out one day!
Oops. I goofed. I wrote a thingy on October 3rd at home in Tillamook, put it on the October page, but it didn't get uploaded on the index. Just oops. :)
Anyhow... I was reading a letter that my brother shared with me, that was written to his son. I just love these things and I want to share it with you! His story reflects so much how I grew up and it brings back such great memories!
My girlfriend Tammy came over last night, and we were talking about how youth grows up, now, and whether they have the same childlike innocence and good feelings that we all grew up with. Sadly, I don't think so. I also wonder if I would choose to even have children, in this world, today! Isn't that awful? Is that why our kids are waiting longer to have kids? Or opting not to, at all? I don't like that!
It also goes to show you that alas... I'm getting old! I think all generations feel this way, but it is getting scarier and scarier! Isn't it? Or is it just my age showing?!
Here is my childhood... written by my brother, David Logsdon. I love it! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
If I could, I would name the below story, "How to be a Father".
My Dad, Bob Logsdon
From my brother:
"I am not a great writer, yet I wanted to send below a few words of things that meant the most to me about my Dad. I hope my words illustrate one of the most important traits of my father. He never complained no matter how hard it was. He never, ever let his kids know times were
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reminder from Jennie!
Do not burn yourself out! Be as I am - a reluctant
enthusiast...a half-hearted fanatic. Save the other half of yourselves
and your lives for pleasure and adventure. It is not enough to fight
for the land; it is even more important to enjoy it. While you can.
While it's still there. So get out there, and hunt and fish, and
mess around with your friends, ramble out yonder and explore the
forests, encounter the Grizz, climb the mountains, bag the peaks,
run the rivers, breathe deep of that yet sweet air, sit quietly
for a while and contemplate the precious stillness, that lovely
mysterious and awesome space.
Enjoy yourselves, keep your brain active and alive, and I promise
you this much; I promise you this one sweet victory over our enemies,
over those desk-bound people with their hearts in a safe deposit
box and their eyes hypnotized by desk calculators. I promise you
this: you will outlive the (bad word edited for this family site!!)."