“It is remarkable how closely the history of the apple tree
is connected with that of man.”
- Henry David Thoreau
November days are fascinating with heavy rains and winds beating against every tree and bush and whipping us about and then suddenly the most beautiful sunshine and clear sky. But wait, just one more day and November can turn moody, dark and even a bit scary. We are watching our lovely gardens shed their foliage and prepare for a winter’s rest. We, too, are putting away the things of summer and thinking about brightening our home with decorative lights and festive fair.
During a recent client review meeting, our good friend, Beth shared something special. She has discovered that writing is a new way to express herself. Beth is no stranger to creative expression. She is an entertainer, musician and teacher and an avid gardener. As a writer, she entered Portland Nursery’s short story contest, the first annual Apple Anecdote Short Story Contest. Three favorites were chosen with Beth’s coming in a fabulous 2nd. With her permission here’s her story.
The Apple Tree in the Wilderness by Beth M.L.
In September of 2013 my husband George and I pitched a tent in Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, amongst the giant coastal trees of Northern California. We felt like tiny beings, hiking the trails under a canopy of 300-foot giants, in one of the West’s last remaining wild places, where old growth virgin forests are forever protected from the ravages of timber harvesting. In the heart of the undeveloped interior of Jedediah Smith, there is one grove of sacred ancient trees with massive trunks, so unique and with such sensitive habitat, that until recently its location was kept secret, only known to park officials and employees. It wasn’t until 1998 that a forestry professor, bushwhacking through the heart of the park, discovered what is now called The Grove of Titans. Still growing and thriving here, are three of the ten tallest trees in the world, including The Screaming Titans, two Redwoods fused together which measure thirty feet in diameter at the base. We felt lucky to have snagged a campsite at Jedediah Smith, where the magic began the moment our temporary canvas home was securely staked into the ground. I have done a fair amount of camping, in forests and high alpine meadows, in good weather and stormy weather and each adventure has been memorable…an escape from the urbane boundaries of daily life, to a place where Earth, Sky and Mother Nature rule. To read more click here.
America the Beautiful – The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands
What is the best travel bargain in the country? It is an America the Beautiful lifetime Senior Pass costing $80 available for anyone over age 62. If you own one and purchased it originally for $10 before the price change, it is still valid. However, if you lost it – sorry you must buy a new one at the $80 price. Additionally, an annual Senior Pass is offered at $20 and valid for one year from the date of issue. Four annual passes can be exchanged for one lifetime pass.
What does the Senior Pass provide?
Annual and lifetime Senior Passes provide access to more than 2,000 recreation sites managed by six federal agencies:
The passes cover entrance and standard amenity (day-use) recreation fees and provide discounts on some expanded amenity recreation fees.
Your traveling companions can also enter for free. The Senior Passes admit pass owner/s and passengers in a noncommercial vehicle at per-vehicle fee areas and pass owner plus three adults. (Children under 16 are always admitted free.) Also, at many sites, the Senior Passes provide the pass owner (only) a discount on Expanded Amenity Fees (such as camping, swimming, boat launching, and guided tours).
How can I purchase a Senior Pass?
Senior Passes can be purchased at any federal recreation site, including national parks, that charges an entrance or standard amenity (day-use) fee. Proof of age and residency is required.
Passes can also be purchased online or through the mail from USGS; an additional $10 processing fee will be added to the price. America the Beautiful - National Parks & Federal Recreational Lands Senior Pass | USGS Store
Fynnigan William Hunt – Expressions
Linette’s grandson, Fynnigan is now five. Earlier this year his father, Joe was helping Fynn express emotions. What do you think he was feeling in each of these pictures?
Have a wonderful week.
Judith McGee, L.H.D., CFP®, ChFC®
Executive Vice President and Senior Lead Advisor
More inflation data for October is available this week with the release of the retail sales report and import and export prices. Also worth watching is the Federal Reserve's report on industrial production. September saw industrial production slip 1.3%, with manufacturing output falling 0.7%. That followed August, which saw industrial production fall 0.1% (revised).
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