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About polloplayer

Empty nester searching for meaning of life through the occasional chicken epiphany.

Farewell to our party girl.

I always get a catch in my throat when I see an old person with an old dog. Always walking slowly, giving each other time, honoring long years together. You know what’s sadder than old people with their old dogs? … Continue reading

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Detour to Babb.

Honestly, it sounded almost biblical. “And on the second day, we wandered the wilderness until we came to Babb.” Our plan was to explore Many Glacier, but the road was temporarily closed for repairs. We waited and waited and waited, … Continue reading

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Getting to Glacier.

I’ve been lucky. I’ve been to Yellowstone. I’ve been to Yosemite. But, like all the northwest, Glacier National Park had eluded me. From time to time I would trace it on a map but always it seemed too far off … Continue reading

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Missoula.

I’ve been trying to get to Missoula for decades. It was worth the wait. Now I will always remember the Clark Fork River. And the train whistle that sounds just often enough to remind you that it was the Northern … Continue reading

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Sun Valley to Missoula

What I love about a road trip: the heart, already full from a place just discovered, quickens in anticipation of another place, new, just up the highway a bit. We downed our morning coffee and headed north out of Sun … Continue reading

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Friends in high places: Sun Valley

I don’t know if it was the altitude or the company or something in the water. Whatever it was, I’ll have more, please: our week in Sun Valley positively glowed. Maybe it was all the flowers. Everywhere we looked! Or … Continue reading

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Paying respects.

I haven’t read every word Ernest Hemingway wrote, but I’ve read enough to know that he was the real deal. A king among knaves, on the page at least. In my flippant teens and twenties, I fatuously waved him aside … Continue reading

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