Today’s the day.
After twenty-one weeks on the mountain, today is the day I leave.
What I will miss:
A steady paycheck
A safe place to sleep at night
Having giant sequoias for neighbors
Laughing with my coworker
The opportunity to see Steller’s jays and pileated woodpeckers
My creek sanctuary
Trees upon which I can hang my hammock
What I won’t miss:
The smell of pit toilets
Cleaning the smelly pit toilets
Idiots (although I know I can encounter dumb folks anywhere)
Being required to be friendly when I want to be left alone
The twenty-five mile round trip to the post office
Intensely curvy mountain roads
Answering the same questions repeatedly
The plague of flies I’ve lived with most of the summer
Sap on my windshield
What I will be glad for:
Frequent hot showers
Cell phone service
Easy communication with people I love
Access to ice that doesn’t involve a twenty-five mile round trip
Activities I am eagerly anticipating:
Reuniting with friends
Attending my first opera
Collaborating on my first mural
Self-publishing my first book
Visiting new places
Nolagirl says the trick to fighting off depression is to keep moving forward. Today I’m taking one step, two steps, three steps, four into the future.
Goodbye mountain. I hope to see you next year.
I took the photos in this post.
Amazing how quickly time flew by this year. It seems like you just got there! Have a spectacular off-season, and let me know when your book is out!
I know, right?
I will for sure let everyone know when the book is ready. I’m overwhelmed at the moment, but everything is going to be ok.
I love your blog!
Thanks, lisachildress, for your kind words. I’m so glad you enjoy my blog!
Good luck with all of your future endeavors! It will probably take a bit of time to get the smell of the toilets out of your nose and brain — something to look forward to! And the best of wishes for your new book!
Thanks, Sue. The memory of pit toilets has already faded. Pit toilet? What’s a pit toilet?