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THE WADDODLES OF HOLLOW LAKE:JOURNEY TO WEST SHOREThough sad about leaving their den and Theodore’s grave, the Waddodle children grew more interested and excited the farther they traveled. Even Fred’s attitude improved while playing Leap Frog andMoreTHE WADDODLES OF HOLLOW LAKE:JOURNEY TO WEST SHOREThough sad about leaving their den and Theodore’s grave, the Waddodle children grew more interested and excited the farther they traveled. Even Fred’s attitude improved while playing Leap Frog and guessing games along the way.Harriet’s glorious revelations about their new hollow intrigued them, making them eager to arrive at their new home.She began to relax, pleased that her children were adjusting to the move and decided to take time to treat them to a picnic of brook trout and wild strawberries and nap in the shade of the giant pines near the babbling brook before starting the next leg of their journey.The brook had many fascinating large rocks to climb and slide on and the deep pools proved excellent for catching plump brook trout. Harriet decided it was the perfect place for the triplets first fishing lesson, where she could offer instructions while soaking her feet in the healing swirling waters of the brook.Following lunch, once they were well underway, Harriet revealed to her children about having human neighbors living in The Shack next door to their hollow … which frightened them. She reassured them how kind The Lawrence Family was to raccoons and how they often provided meals on The Stump for their animal friends, under their big picture window. This greatly lessoned their fear and excited them even more.The Waddodle’s journeyed through fragrant serene Pine Forest, the picturesque heavenly wildflower-blanketed Grassy Meadow, where their dear doe friends, ‘The Newspapers’ Clara and Zoe lived, and the dark mysterious Cedar Swamp, where Big Casey often hung out near Billy Buck’s logging dam.When they finally reached West Shore, they stood gaping in wonder at their magnificent oak tree. With supervision, even the triplets managed to climb the tall oak to the hollow, and delighted in finding it spacious and immaculate with an interesting private loft for Ted and Fred and a porch overlooking the lake … and the brook …and best of all they could see across Hollow Lake, way over to their old territory on East Bay and wept with joy looking at the heartwarming view of Theodore’s Pine which made them feel more at home. It was as if their father was close to them, even here on West Shore.After resting, the family eagerly explored their new territory, falling in love with everything in sight. Ted named their impressive new home, The Mighty Oak.They made the first of many visits to The Shack, where the kind Lawrence Family set out a Celebration Feast on The Stump to welcome their new neighbors. After feasting, the raccoons topped off their celebration with teaberry toddies made from the petals the triplets gathered in The Grassy Meadow.Finally, tired but happy the Waddodle Family bedded down for the night in their safe new hollow, looking forward to their first day in their new home, and meeting the new interesting neighbors Scitter, Clara and Zoe told them about.“Who do you think will greet us first, Mother?” Ted asked.Fred blurted, “I hope it is Rosie or Dulcie. I want to see those ‘Partners in Crime’ with my own eyes.”“I’d like to see that big horned owl, Hubbard. He interests me,” Ted revealed.“Maybe it will be Clara and Zoe, bringing Scitter, to check on us,” Cissy hoped.“Yah!” echoed Addie and Bitzi. “I hope so!”“I doubt it, pumpkins,” Harriet said.