After reminiscing in New Meadows, Idaho after the high school reunion, I was curious about the rest of the area, and wondered how things had changed in the nearby town of McCall. While the population of New Meadows is just over 500 people, the population of McCall is 3,650, which makes it gigantic compared to my home town.
The drive up was very pretty and the weather was spectacular. I drove to the end of McCall, taking note of what was changed and what was the same. The streets were packed with vacationers because this beautiful little town is a resort-type destination.
It was early evening still and I had nothing else to do. I had been inside the car so much getting here the day before, that I had the idea of exploring the park at the lake. I could get out of the car and walk around. Though I had lived near here for so many years, I had never been to the park on the peninsula in the lake, and this was a beautiful day for my first sight of it. That was a great choice. I had leftover salad from the potluck at the school for the reunion earlier in the day. I stopped at Albertson’s and bought a bottle of wine. I drove to the park.
I loved it up there. At the Narrows Overlook in Ponderosa State Park, I decided to have a picnic. I grabbed the potluck salad, and the wine, and went to find a place to relax with my supper. There were park benches but it was too windy right on top. I went over the edge of the hill into a meadow filled with Arrowleaf Balsamroot covered in gorgeous deep yellow blooms.
All the melancholy that I had carried up the canyon highway with me from seeing my hometown and having all my memories of living there, began to seep away from me the longer I sat in the sun and watched the world around me. I never came close to another person. It was just me and nature. I took a video and it captures my joy.
Soon after I shot this video, I packed up my supper and drove back out of the park into town again.
I was full of love and joy and sunshine and good food and drink. I drove back down the mountain and returned to New Meadows where I had been invited to stay the second night at my sister’s house. I had arrived in time to say hi to them all (as well as an extremely long overdue visit to see her mom, my stepmother) before her family left for the week on vacation. The next morning I fed the cat and locked up the house and drove to Vale, Oregon to visit another stepmother, and then all the long, long way home to Rainier.