As I mentioned in a previous post, we lived on the Chance road from 1963 to 1967. It seems like we were there much longer than that. We had four children then and 15 acres of adventures. My grandson lives on the Chance Road now and when we were there for Dylan's birthday party my three girls and I walked down the road, reminiscing while I took scads of photos.
Unfortunately the person who lives there now has turned it into a junk yard and I'm mad as a wet hen about it. I don't know if he is in the construction business or what but the old place sure looks sad now. In fact I was so disgusted with the present condition of the place that I took one of my photos to Photoshop and cleaned up all the junk, making it look more like it did when we lived there. We had the lovely fields with daisy's and buttercups dancing in the breeze around the cattle. My kids loved to run in the tall grass and sometimes I had a hard time seeing them in it. The long building is a large shop. We never used it but we did use the barn in the center of the picture. It had a coral and we had lots of fences up back then to keep the cows and horses in. The driveway in the foreground is the neighbors.
This is the lower driveway to the house which used to be quite small. It has been remodeled a few times since we lived there. I planted several Douglas Fir and Ponderosa Pines in the front of the house and they obviously thrived as they are huge now. I remember having to water them every day throughout the hot summer months. I like this picture of Gilmer's Apple Orchard. It was getting pretty dark so I used a flash. I haven't decided if it looks more serene or spooky! Pea would say the fairys are about to come out and dance around the tree trunk.
The above picture was taken in the morning on September of 1965 on the first day of school. My three girls, (left to right) Patty, Kathy and Cyndi are walking up the Chance Road to the bus stop at the top of the hill.
Here are my girls now, 43 years later, walking up the Chance Road, And yes, they are even in the same order, Patty on the far left, Kathy in center and Cyndi on the right. That my dear friends was not planned. It just seems to be the way they like to walk together.
I hope you enjoyed visiting the Chance Road.
It has always been a special place to me. I have often wondered if it was really the place itself, or was it the precious time spent with my family there that keep my memories of it so alive. I guess it doesn't really matter as long as I can still feel the joy I knew when I cooked and cleaned, and went exploring with my little ones at our little farm on the Chance Road.