How to have lunch:
1. Take a friend (Ellen). Find a place in the woods to leave a little green car.
2. Hike about 3 miles on sand roads that look as if they are never used (wrong). Talk with a man in a white pickup truck who passes us who assumes that we are lost. Talk with a man in a black pickup truck who IS lost. He wants to know if we can help him find 6-Mile Bridge. (We could, but he was really not anywhere near where he wanted to be, and had no idea how he got where he was. I drew him a map and sent him on his way).
3. Find Black Lake, a tiny little kettle hole lake with public land on the north edge, and three cottages on the south.
4. Try to find a spot out of the wind- not a possibility. Sit down anyway and pull out our lunches. Try to eat normally and pretend that we are really having a good time. Finally admit to each other that we are freezing and that it seems like the temperature has dropped in the last 90 minutes.
5. Try to get the dog to take a drink from the lake. "I'm not putting my feet in that cold water," says Maggie.
6. Find leaves of birdsfoot violet! At least some hope of a wildflower or two before June.
7. Hike back to car, and express joy in being outside in a good temperature for hiking (just not sitting in the wind!). Fridays with Ellen are getting to be one of the best parts of my week. Not too many people think that these kinds of activities make a nearly perfect day.
P.S. If you want to see how I spent the evening, check out Story on Stage
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