Sunday afternoons for English teachers often loom as a time for lesson planning and paper grading. Succumbing to the temptation to get out and about instead, my husband and I headed to the brand new Portneuf Wellness Facility near our home Sunday afternoon to enjoy the end of summer sun with our pups, Puck and Snug and to fill our hearts with gratitude for this new state-of-the-art facility that graces our small town.
Situated at the corner of Chubbuck Road and Bench Road where the road turns sharply to the south, the Portneuf Wellness Facility boasts a beautiful, high-tech amphitheater and other amenities, including a jogging track and stocked reservoir that's fed by a mountain artisan stream. To the south of the center is a lush pastoral row of soccer fields, a vestige from the past. The Bannock County fairgrounds still peep from the western horizon beyond the wellness center.
Lately, for many reasons, I've been thinking about the poetry of Walt Whitman, particularly "Leaves of Grass" and its implications for and echoes of so much of life:
“Not I, nor anyone else can travel that road for you.
You must travel it by yourself.It is not far. It is within reach.Perhaps you have been on it since you were born, and did not know. Perhaps it is everywhere - on water and land.” ― Walt Whitman,
I snapped a few pics of this idyllic corner of our community that offers a glimpse of its bounty. However, since the amphitheater wasn't in use Sunday, I could only photograph the back side. We did attend the first concert in the facility a few weeks ago and lounged on the lawn like teenagers as we listened to a couple of geezer groups: The Beach Boys and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. Somehow this throwback to the past seems appropriate for a facility designed to bring the community together in theis beautiful mountain valley of southeast Idaho.
|Looking west at the reservoir and swimming beach.|
|Ken, Snug, and Puck stop for a rest on the bridge over the mountain stream.|
|The source of the artisan stream that feeds the reservoir.|
|Enjoy the sunny disposition of these sunflowers against the blue sky.|