Off to the Cabin in the Woods
Tomorrow I head to a cabin on a lake with a good friend. There is no running water-the lake is where we bathe. I have not asked about the toileting facilities. I think there is an outhouse.
There is a fridge for the soups and salads I have made, and an oven to cook. To wash dishes we carry water from the reservoir, boil, and wash.
I am glad to be away from the phone (though I do have my cell w/me, but only family calls me on that) though I will go through some withdrawal not having internet access, unless I can steal a signal in town somewhere.
I am bringing books, paints, my laptop, and Ipod. Oh, and my Garmin is essential as I need to figure it out before I take off next month to Kentucky. This will be the first long time in my car, and it will be interesting to see 1)how comfy it is on a three hour trip and 2)what long distance gas mileage will be. The maximum I have gotten on a one hour trip was near 30 MPG. I am hoping I can squeeze out a bit more. I wonder if one gets better mileage with the top up or down?
Ok just got back from the research, which ranges from 5% less with top down,(more drag) to about the same top up or down. If I back off 5 mph I gain even better mileage, so I should stay at 65 vs. the 72 I like to do on the Turnpikes. I guess top up or down will depend upon the weather and traffic. Definitely top down however once I get there.
Here is one of my favorite poems, which is fitting for my trip by William Butler Yeats.
THE LAKE ISLE OF INNISFREE
I will arise and go now, and go to Innisfree,
And a small cabin build there, of clay and wattles made:
Nine bean-rows will I have there, a hive for the honeybee,
And live alone in the bee-loud glade.
And I shall have some peace there, for peace comes dropping slow,
Dropping from the veils of the mourning to where the cricket sings;
There midnight's all a glimmer, and noon a purple glow,
And evening full of the linnet's wings.
I will arise and go now, for always night and day
I hear lake water lapping with low sounds by the shore;
While I stand on the roadway, or on the pavements grey,
I hear it in the deep heart's core.
A quick blog tomorrow, then I am off.
Patti O Adventurer
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