It's been typical August weather here for the past few days. Temperatures up into the ninety plus range and humidity in the high 80's. Most of my place is shaded, so it 's not so bad. Today looks like a really nice day and I am thinking the dogs and I ought to go somewhere and do something. Just haven't decided what yet.
There are all sorts of trails winding through the mountains here, and I can go hiking right from the house in just about any direction I choose. There is a state park not far away with nice , well maintained trails. Even better, one of them is a loop that brings you back into the park after meandering through the mountains for 14 miles. In accordance with the good advice in Cody Lundin's book, I always take essentials with me in case something goes wrong, and I'm careful to check in with the Rangers there, and tell them when I'll be back. An ounce of prevention.....
This will be my last weekend up here alone for awhile. My wife will be coming back on Monday, which will be very nice. She's had a great time this summer and she needed the rest. Her job is very stressful, and she only gets to come home on weekends and holidays because she teaches in a school that's a good distance from here. Too far to drive every day. So, during the week she lives with her mom in that town, then comes home on weekends. She has five more years before she can retire.
She's really the mastermind behind using our long term food storage assets. My wife's dad was from Texas, and her mom is from Mississippi. I have a spouse with a strange background, because her mom and dad were Baptist Missionaries, and M grew up in Africa. She spent her childhood in Nigeria, then she went to the equivalent of High School in France. After that she came back to Africa and ran a mission clinic in Niger. At 20 she went back to the States, and got her BA at Southern Mississippi. She joined the Navy as a communications officer when she graduated, and I met her when I transferred from Okinawa to Naples, Italy in '82.
I suppose I'm meandering but it's not because I'm senile. Not yet, anyway. I'm just looking forward to her getting home. Below is a picture of M grinding up corn. She learned a tremendous amount about using bulk foods in Africa. M has been a full partner and a big contributor to our success up here in this forest.