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Girls Weekend Out
Girls Weekend Out, 2012. We were here. Not much happened. I’d never seen mosquitoes that fly in wind that bends over birch trees or in 87* temps until the weekend. They were horrible. We’re outdoorswomen. Throw on some repellent and go, but because of mosquitoes that didn’t care about DEET, we stayed in a lot more than usual. Looking down the barrel of a shotgun to find mosquitoes perched on the site is disturbing.
I saw the hind quarter of deer leaping into the woods one morning. A flying squirrel late Saturday night had us pointing flashlights at the ceiling and wondering if he was going to fly around the cabin for us. He was in the ceiling and after an hour of running back and forth, left through an opening four feet above my head. He was back Sunday night but I was sleeping downstairs so he didn’t keep me awake as long.
The satellite dish is deceptive. It doesn’t work. I don’t know if it ever worked. I crave peace and quiet so lack of satellite tv is a blessing. No television or cell phone, not even the radio. I’m content with the show outside, complete with bird songs, cracking branches as wildlife moves through the woods, and the occasional unknown noise that keeps me guessing about what else is sharing my space.
We tried to shoot clays but stopped when half of the clays broke upon launch. We checked them carefully, they weren’t cracked. I need to figure out what’s wrong and how to fix it so that we can get back to practicing.
I’m at my desk this morning with a story to write for Lancaster Farming, an introduction for Bangor Daily News and a first blog for BDN. I should also write a column. This morning, what I’d really like to do, is sit on the steps at camp and enjoy Mother Nature’s show.