|The teardrop trailer that had everything we needed|
|"Babe", my faithful companion|
I got the job, working as an animal trainer for Dogs for the Deaf. I also took on a job as a waitress. I lived in the camper until someone offered to rent me, for $25.00 a month, a little travel trailer. I also lucked out and found a place to park my mobile home, right along the Applegate River. There I lived, for the first time in my life, all by myself. It was a wonderful, albeit small existence, but one that changed me forever.
The experience didn't last long; Mike was a persistent suitor and shortly after the new year I discovered a whole new life awaited me - that of a first time mom. Once again, with Mike as the driver of both my Jeep and my life, I found myself on the road again.
Throughout the subsequent years, through all the trials and tribulations of a life well lived, I have thought fondly of that little trailer by the river and the place that reminded me so much of the country life I lived as a child. I wondered if I'd ever get the chance to live there, or someplace like it again.
It took a long, long time, but I did make it back to a place that is surrounded by old-growth trees, the four seasons, and water. Oh, how I missed water: rain, rivers, creeks. While I still have to call Las Vegas "home," I can finally say that I'm on my way to recapturing what I thought I might have lost forever. The temporary home I live in is a bit bigger than that trailer, but not by much, yet it suits me because I am warm and safe and it's the outside world that interests me most. Surrounded by nature that includes vegetation and wildlife, I am literally in my element.
|The view from my back porch|
|Time for bed|