Thinking about my dad this morning as I was preparing information for
his final tax return. Yes, even after death one must pay their taxes.
My thoughts traveled back to last November 2020. I had not physically seen my dad since September 2019. We talked several times a week via phone but not quite the same as actually seeing one another, having a chat and a hug. It became impossible to see him after March 2020.
Early September 2020, I decided to make a trip to Emporium, PA and visit my dad. Called the assisted living facility and talked with them about what the current PA rules were for the virus.
At that time, those living in this facility were not even permitted to go outside. They were confined to their rooms for everything except a relaxation on group meals. Not much of a life for a man who was 99 years old and totally independent two years prior.
I informed the staff of my planned trip in early November and wanted cooperation to be able to see my dad and take him out for a ride. They were excellent in helping. A separate room was set up for us to meet and talk. I took him for a three hour ride, in my truck, up into the hills of Cameron County.
The day we took the ride was miserable. Rain, sleet and snow flurries. Asked him if he still wanted to go and he was already dressed for the weather.
We travelled through an area called Salt Run. We turned onto a winding dirt/mud road up through Wheatfield Hollow and to the top of Salt Run. On the way to the top we passed by the area my dad killed a beautiful 8 point buck. He still remembers the exact spot he first saw that deer.
We passed the Emporium Water Company reservoir that we have passed countless times hunting this area. We saw a nice old buck cross the road. A small flock of turkeys scurried through a corn filed to avoid us. It was a place my dad hunted and fished with his dad and uncles.
It is the same place my dad, my brother and I hunted and fished with our grandfather and dad’s uncles. It is the place my dad and I spent time together on the last time he hunted.