To the coast…

Things change. It’s like some days the wind has a change of heart, and then off we go in a new direction, the old plans withering in our dust trails, cast out the window with much less fervour than that with which we snatched them out of mid air, and claimed them for fact.

I was heading east. I made a playlist called, Heading East, just so it was for sure. My “loose plan,” I told people (when in fact it was a very planned plan), was to make it to the ocean by summer. This sounded more poetic than the careful itinerary I had laid out in my mind, complete with pros, cons, and kilometres.

We will make it to the ocean, my cat and I, but not that one. Not the one we planned for. But then when have my planned plans ever really worked out? I got a job on the west coast, so I guess the playlist is now Heading West? Does it matter?

How to reconcile a love of nesting with the need to roam? Buy a vintage trailer. I will nest the heck out of it, then take it along for the ride. A tiny home on wheels.

Summer projects:

  • convert the propane fridge to solar
  • insulate for winter
  • figure out how I will shower
  • paint cupboards
  • somehow make the floor less ugly.

Then I guess we’ll just jump the water and see what floats…

To the water hole

Today I walked to the spring with my cat. The thing about going for a walk with a cat is, you’re really only going to get to go where the cat wants to go, unless you’re okay with losing your cat. So although there is a beaten path between the caravan and the well, I ended up bushwhacking, getting slapped in the face by branches and slipping in the mud while my cat slunk through the underbrush, making his own path, awed as he is to be in “the wild.”

It’s usually only a five minute journey, but after about twenty, we were still spiralling our way there, me a few yards ahead, pausing every few seconds to make sure he was still coming along, waiting as he sat down to clean his normally white paws each time he stepped in a puddle.

As I filled four jugs of water, he laid down on a patch of moss and I guess he liked it there, because he was not prepared to move, no matter what tactics I tried to lure him back in the direction of the caravan when I had finished filling. Cats.

It’s slow living, being in the woods. This morning I bumped into Francis on my walk. He needed a hand cleaning one of the sap tanks, now that sugar season is done. So I found myself inside a big metal vat, scrubbing and rinsing with creek water, which he handed down through the hatch in a bucket. Why not?

I continued on my way, following the rapraprap of a woodpecker, but was sidetracked by a small pond. Frogs dove for cover as I approached, and from the edge I could see hundreds of eggs, clinging to sticks, the edge of the pool, or just floating in gooey clumps. I’ll have to remember to go back tomorrow.

Found some feathers, saw a deer, spotted the woodpecker, sat in a field, wandered back, drank some flat beer. And it’s not over yet.