June 25, 2008
I used to live in the city. I don't miss much of it. I like where I am now here in the Rain Forest. I walked a few good kilometers this week after work. The sun is setting low and orange at 2200h and up at 0500h now days. I rarely see any people on my walks. Grouse in the back forty, Black bears and Rosevelt Elk are out grazing in Fox's field. Owls hooting over territory after dusk. Bald Eagles and Deer in my yard at the top of the day. Red wing Black Birds have nested in the 80 acre wetlands next door to me. Robins in my herb garden and the Hummingbirds hard at the feeder. We've had lots of rain this spring and the terrain is green and lush. The forest is like a jungle and difficult to navigate under the canopy of foliage. I am guided by the sound of barking dog in the direction of distant civilization. His bark eventually disappears, I am reminded this is Cougar country, and the direction I am going is two days westerly hike to the next settlement. I have to go to work in the morning, so I head back. I am thinking how much I missed summer. I am thinking about weekend camping at Rowbotham Lake with a friend. Its not so hot at night at 1000 meters elevation. With 20 kilometers to any artificial light source up at the lake, you can touch the stars. In the morning a clear look at the Strait of Juan De Fuca from Courtenay to Port Angeles. I'll have a moment to dream about it tonight. My body is tired now and I will sleep like the dead. More electric vehicles to build at work tomorrow. Like them I need to recharge.