Let’s talk about this winter. I would have to say that it’s probably been one of the best, weather-wise, in a long, long time. Well, there was that one in 1997 when El Niño rolled through. Remember El Niño?
We’ve been going hiking almost every day. At times, it’s difficult to pull myself away from what I’m doing, but if I can get out there in the woods in the middle of January, I’ll take it.
We haven’t had any snow beyond that freak storm back in October. I kind of wish we didn’t get that because I wouldn’t mind having at least one snow-less winter in my life. Knock on wood because you know damn well that I just caused “the big one” by saying that. It’s also generally been in the 40s, which I recently discovered is a really great temperature range.
I’ve been bringing out hand shears to trim back some small branches that have found their way into the edges of the logging path. It’s so annoying trying to walk side by side while thin tips of Birch tickle our faces. Now, I just trim them back. But, there’s a small problem with that…
If you’ve ever gone out into the woods to prune a few small branches, you know that the process becomes somewhat addictive. One small twig leads to another small twig, which leads to a sapling, which leads to a whole new trail. If you’re my brother, it might even lead to an entire Ewok Village.
That’s what I am making – a nice loop trail all the way down to the big river and then back up another way. We found a beautiful small waterfall to hang out at, so it’ll pass that. But do you see what happened? We started with a daily stroll through the woods, I started cleaning up the trail and now I am making a path for an awesome daily walk of at least a mile and a half. It’s the woods man, it’s the woods. You go out and hike on a warm winter day with no bugs and no sweat and tell me you don’t love it.
We have been having conversations about the woods. We want them. I know that we live right next to them and have hiking at our fingertips, but we want something more adventurous. Something that I can create and control. I want an ATV and a nice trail system. I want to be able to go outside and see no neighbors. I know…I want, I want, I want.
After my visit to the transfer station today, I stopped by our local food store. Odd place. I don’t go there much, but when I do, I find it interesting. I did some shopping and then headed a few doors down to the liquor store.
While there, I started chatting with the guy behind the counter. I asked him what was going in next door. The ill-fated toy store didn’t make it much past a year. He told me that a Thai-Chinese restaurant was headed in. I was impressed and so was he. I was actually shocked. The town we live in isn’t exactly host to good food, so I really, really have my fingers crossed for this one. Thai food would increase my happiness tenfold.
About that food…
If only someone could travel around just for a few days and taste food that’s out there. Taste something that is located not more than an hour and a half from here and then bring those ideas back, I swear they would make money.
Let me give you an example of what I’m talking about:
A few months ago, I called our local pizza place and asked how much a Sicilian pie was. Their response, “What’s that?”
Seriously. It’s a type of pizza. For someone who owns and operates a pizza place not to know what Sicilian pizza is, is shocking.
You know what I got at the liquor store? If you want to treat yourself right, pick up a bottle of B&B.
B&B – French Spiced Liqueur & Fine Cognac