I drove and drove through a thick fir-y forest continuing through a sparse piney woods to a more full and lush piney woods. This place is on a lake in volcano country and there is no cell service and no television. It is way out there folks. Nearly thirty miles from the eastern edge of Bend.
I was fortunate to get the bed by the entry, where there was a slider on the door window. I kept it open and the cool breeze blew in off the lake all night. What a sweet experience! It helps to be with friends, too.
I am so impressed by people who embrace fully the deep woods, the land upon which all of our feet rest at one point in line or another. It is always difficult for me to leave spaces such as this. The peace just washed over me almost immediately upon arrival.
Personally, I had never been this far East in Oregon. I was amazed at the changes in landscape as we journeyed. This is definitely something I want to do more of. Seriously, four hours and it seemed like I entered another world. There are so many unique and beautiful places to see, in just a few hours drive any direction.
Twenty-five years is a long time to be married. I am so happy that two of the nicest people I’ve ever met have each other and the land they love so much. How different it would be to have no television or cell service for months at a time. I am already considering retiring early … haha.
The ants are inside. It must be real cold out there for them, and they must be real hungry. Weird I have not seen any spiders. I wonder where they go in the winter … under ground? But this is where the ants usually are and they prefer inside lately it seems. The rats must be having a hard time of it. The neighbors have hired Orkin, hope they are trapping and not poisoning.
Periodically my dogs will find little bones in the yard. I wonder what they belong to and how they got there. I imagine a nocturnal animal is feasting on something out there in the middle of the night.
I went to the wood ‘shed’ to bring in some wood and saw huge rat turds on the top pieces. Seriously, they reminded me of the deer poop I used to see in the woods while living there.
Trials of the city … rodents and small critters sharing space. In the wilderness it’s more like deer, elk, bear and cougar. Honestly, I prefer the wilderness for those who dwell there are not real fond of sharing space … at least this is how it used to be. Any more, with the burning of forests and the death of the critters living there, there simply is not enough food for the larger animals to hunt. And when they come to the city looking for a meal, they are killed … just like the ants 🐜 , the rats 🐀 , and the snails 🐌 and spiders 🕷 and whatever other bugs there might be.
Well, I am still excited for the snow ❄️ and look forward to an early morning with 4″ of it and a cozy fire to sit by while I watch my dogs warm up after running and playing in it. I am so glad this is happening on the weekend and not during the week … not that it will end here. It’s going to be lovely having a couple days to just relax and enjoy it.