Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Recovering in Boise.
This past winter my brother R had both hip joints replaced. It's strange to me that he was the one with this issue, because he's been a runner since he was 16, and always kept himself in great shape. Maybe his number just came up.
His girl friend of the last 20 years owns a business in Boise, and she has a big house up on top of a mountain. He has been staying with her, drinking beer and enjoying the view. From the living room he can look through the plate glass windows and see the wild horses on the other mountain across the canyon. He has named them all, which gives you some idea of how bored he has gotten staying inside while he recuperates.
This week he was well enough to go out and do some bank fishing. That's where you just set out some poles and then kind of half doze in the sunlight. If you get a strike a little bell rings and wakes you up.
He takes his two English spaniels with him. R puts his beer in the river to cool, and named this picture below "The Beer Pointer." He says it is a new breed he has created and he is going to register with the AKC.
One thing I noticed right away with these pictures. There are not hordes of people boating on the lake or fishing on the banks. If this was North Georgia, there would be so many cars and trucks parked there with Dekalb, or Fulton, or other Atlanta area plates that you could just walk across the car hoods to get to the water.
I like the roads out there, too. No traffic to speak of, and you can see a long ways. Here, the trees hem you in, and only rarely do you get any kind of view.
R is going to buy himself a boat. When he built his private place out in the Sierra's he used my homestead as a model and improved on it. Now he is looking at using Brother T's boat as a model, and refining the concept. I wonder how he will fit his hottub on the boat. I told him a houseboat would be more fun but he's more inclined to a motor boat.
Brother T has a nice boat, but we all think it is a little small for going out of sight of land in the Pacific Ocean, something T does routinely. I suspect that R will get something a bit more substantial, but still mobile.
When R is home he has lakes around he can boat on, and he travels a good bit with his dogs, so a nice boat on a trailer behind his vehicle would work.
It's all about the quality of life. The three of us are old now, but we still enjoy life.