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Canoe Trip Story-All Invited

The others came crashing through some bushes from a different direction than they'd left. Bill just climbed over a bush, being tall enough to do so. They were delighted to see that Angelo was up and looking well. His sleeping bag was hanging out to dry.

"You two have been busy, I see. What lovely decorations!" Said Adele.

Billie told them all about the doe and her big innocent brown eyes. She talked about the spider less enthusiastically, but still excitedly.
 
Mizzy smiled and said, "Mom, check out the decorations.......Farine, is so imaginative!" Nia was packing away her camera in her backpack, when she looked up and saw the wonderment. Nia had her small solar battery charger out, and she was looking for a safe place to recharge her camera battery.

Looking at the decorations, she commented, "You are so talented, Farine!" I can't imagine what your holiday home decorations must look like!"

Turning her head towards Angelo, she smiled and said, "It is good to see you feeling better. I was a little worried when I left, but it looks like your fever has broken. Glad to see you are improving!"

So, hey guys, do you all think we should stay at least another day, to let Angelo recoup before heading up river? Was wondering how we should plan. I'd hate to see him do to much too soon, and have a relapse........."
 
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"You two have been busy, I see. What lovely decorations!" Said Adele.
Farine's efforts being appreciated and noticed felt great. She had put the anxious energy about her partner to good use. Now he was moving around, they did have decisions to make. It was clear that their guests were fully able to enjoy the surroundings on their own... In her view, staying one more day was important. But that didn't mean they couldn't go fishing or any of other experiences they had discovered.. The Doe sighting thrilled her too. That was just as exciting and much less dangerous than a BEAR sighting for example. The trip was coming together..

Mizzy smiled and said, "Mom, check out the decorations.......Farine, is so imaginative!"
Farine grinned at Mizzy... This was her active response to the beauty all around them... just wanting to enjoy it a little closer to the tent she was temporally anchored to.. And now they could see what another 24 hours in camp might produce... it really was a need she had to DO things.
"You are so talented, Farine!" I can't imagine what your holiday home decorations must look like!"
"Thank you Mizzy! I was curious what you and your mother along with Billie and her parents are all thinking for the afternoon and evening. I'm sure it will be awesome. "
Turning her head towards Angelo, she smiled and said, "It is good to see you feeling better. I was a little worried when I left, but it looks like your fever has broken. Glad to see you are improving!"
Angelo had moved expeditiously to the camp chair that had last been near the campfire area. He moved it closer to their shared tent. HE was better, but better not to push things so close to his fever breaking. "Thank you. I'm enjoying the sensation, too, trust me." He searched her face a little... she had that warmth he so enjoyed in good hearted people. They had just met, but he already found he liked her.

So, hey guys, do you all think we should stay at least another day, to let Angelo recoup before heading up river? Was wondering how we should plan. I'd hate to see him do to much too soon, and have a relapse........."
Farine's vote was already published on her face. She didn't want to leave camp.
Angelo's glance at his partner produced a chuckle. He rarely won when she got so set on something. The courtesy which their companions were offering was delightful. From within himself, he knew he needed alittle more time. They, though, were hale and hearty. The wilderness could beckon fully and they could answer its call of beauty. He would have enjoy its serenity from here.
 
"Yes, Angelo, we want to be sure you don't relapse. Besides, this such a perfect pristine spot." Said Billy.

Adele asked Farine what she was cooking and stated that it smelled delicious.

Just then, there was a little rustle in the trees and some young squirrels jumped from tree to tree playfully. Everyone laughed and Bill said, "Well! We come all this way and see the same little bushy tailed animals that raid our bird feeder. At least there's no bird feeder here for them to raid."
 
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Adele asked Farine what she was cooking and stated that it smelled delicious.
Farine grinned at Adele. " I'm sure if you were at the helm of this dish it would taste even better. As it is, it'll do. It's Beef Stroganoff. We make our own pasta and dry it. The creme sauce recipe is available upon request. The meat is dried so it takes time to get back to its original state, but it's had hours to do that. So whenever anyone is hungry, they can just load up. And I have a blueberry cheesecake for dessert in the dutch oven here. I'm sure Nia and Mizzy might add something to this. We seem to be doing well combining forces. "

Bill said, "Well! We come all this way and see the same little bushy tailed animals that raid our bird feeder. At least there's no bird feeder here for them to raid."
Angelo spoke up from his camp chair. "At least it's a critter... Not a bear.. I'm praying that we get through the next 24 hours without a sighting. I'm not much use right now and I'll feel better after I can use all of my resources. It's one of my jobs. " He stretched a moment. If you had to be laid up anywhere THIS was the place to do it! The weather was constantly shifting but so far just between sunny and being somewhat overcast. Whoever ordered the weather? Keep it up!
 
The trip was coming together..

" I was curious what you and your o along with Billie and her parents are all thinking for the afternoon and evening. I'm sure it will be awesome. "

Well, I’m happy behind my camera and might like to capture a sunset-but since you are one man down, so to speak, I’d be happy to see if I couldn’t catch us some fish.
I also have some chicken and barbecue sauce that Missy and I could cook up over a fire if you’d rather do that for dinner. Chicken diesnt last long even in the fridge. I brought marshmallows -toasted could be tasty, and if you enjoy campfire games, we love games-even silly ones. We usually do a limerick game xeach year, tell jokes, and tell old camping stories-and I always bring Uno cards. This afternoon I could help you collect more of nature to decorate our campsite with.

“Everyone, what do you all have in mind for today? I know everyone has a unique vision of camping.”

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With what you already have going-and I can’t wait to taste desert, anything w blueberries is amazing!
 
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Angelo's mind blurred over some of the things he heard, but when he heard
I'd be happy to see if I couldn't catch us some fish
then he was instantly focused on whomever said that> He was rather sure it was Nia. All things fishing were open in his mind. She just needed to ask for specifics and he'd 'pour out' whatever he could to aid her in that quest.

Farine focused on
Chicken doesn't last long even in the fridge. I brought marshmallows
"Ohhh.. We can cook it this afternoon and enjoy it over the next day or so. and Marshmallows? We've got skewers here somewhere...

... Angelo pointed to the right duffel bag immediately for the skewers. His index finger worked just fine.

This afternoon I could help you collect more of nature to decorate our campsite with.
She thought about this a moment.. "I'm doing things taht I think can easily be taken down and not disrupt the site for someone else. There is a spot where there is a lot of nice quartz .. not rose of course.. that's semi precious... but nice big crystals.. it's near the river you're thinking about going to. I could mark it on the map.. I"m thinking of spoiling him rotten.. " She threw her thumb over her shoulder to point to Angelo.
He just grinned.. he was sort of stuck there .. what could he do? He shrugged elegantly.
 
Billie and her parents were content to just sit and listen to the others. After the mention of the BEAR, she kept a weary eye out for anything of the sort. She did mention that she was hungry. Everything that was being prepared sounded so good to her and smelled delicious too. Surely it would be time to eat soon.
 
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Farine was so active in her duties as she saw it.. she missed that Billie had mentioned she was hungry. It was her partner that was quietly taking things in who pointed that out.
He said... pointing to Billie politely. said
She did mention that she was hungry. Everything that was being prepared sounded so good to her and smelled delicious too. Surely it would be time to eat soon.
It was at that point that Farine felt a little bad.. "Ohh. there is food here ready now.. Please.. " She pointed out the supplies of plates, flatware etc.. " Serve yourself. We're not waiting on anyone or a specific time.. We're sort all on our own schedules. " The stroganoff was a stew pot resting on some old coals at low heat. hopefully eating temperature.. the Dutch oven held the cheese cake.. And there were still the snacks that were being offered. NIa had shown where the marshmallows were... And the chicken was in the process of being prepared and hadn't been cooked yet. However Billie wished to proceed, the options were there.

Angelo was still waiting to see if there were any takers for going fishing.. he would be there himself if his body permitted it. He also was patient because there was talk of going swimming.... or hiking... or looking for nature. Having the supplies of fuel would aid that. The map reading skill he had a high level could be taught. What did Billie really WANT to do? He wondered if she knew or was just hoping others would make up their minds and she could pick from a slate of options, This was a wide open space where many could do whatever they wanted and as long as some basic ideas about the WILD in the WILDerness was observed, everyone was perfectly safe.
 
Angelo's mind blurred over some of the things he heard, but when he heard then he was instantly focused on whomever said that> He was rather sure it was Nia. All things fishing were open in his mind. She just needed to ask for specifics and he'd 'pour out' whatever he could to aid her in that quest.


Farine focused on "Ohhh.. We can cook it this afternoon and enjoy it over the next day or so. and Marshmallows? We've got skewers here somewhere...

... Angelo pointed to the right duffel bag immediately for the skewers. His index finger worked just fine.


She thought about this a moment.. "I'm doing things taht I think can easily be taken down and not disrupt the site for someone else. There is a spot where there is a lot of nice quartz .. not rose of course.. that's semi precious... but nice big crystals.. it's near the river you're thinking about going to. I could mark it on the map.. I"m thinking of spoiling him rotten.. " She threw her thumb over her shoulder to point to Angelo.
He just grinned.. he was sort of stuck there .. what could he do? He shrugged elegantly.
Mia turned to Farine, Rock hunting sounds fun. Mizzy will get the chicken ready. It will take a good couple of hrs-but fire roasted barbecue chicken is my favorite! You just need to let her know when you want to put it on to cook. She’ll leave it all put together ready for the fire and while I head off rock hunting.

Quartz reminds me of when I was in up state NY Hiking with my cousins, guess I was just 16..... I found a big piece of pink quartz and brought it home for my fish tank. Rocks can be so interesting and beautiful! I was so thrilled and it was heavy carrying it the last couple of miles we hiked. Didn’t know much about leaving nature where it belongs back then....”

Mia went on gabbing, “I doubt I’ll be that long rock hunting and hiking, and I should have time to get some fishing in on the way back.”

Mia turned to Angelo and said, “Angelo you look like you are almost ready for a nap. If you are awake when I return, I’d be grateful to hear your hot tips on fishing. Sounds like fun, fresh water fishing. I’m well versed in saltwater fishing, and do well with freshwater catfish if-I’m using live bait, but lures aren’t my specialty-but I usually learn pretty quickly when it comes to things about the water.”

Mia started walking away, still yammering and more loudly said, “Mizzy is going to hang back and relax-she’s on for the chicken. I’m going to go get my camera, backpack, and I have your map marked where the rocks should be. Gonna see if Billie’s parents would like a short term sitter. Since the mention of bears, I got my bear spray w me. I could tell you bear stories.... met one on the Yellowstone Bridge...... no -gotta go, no time Now.....that’s a story for another time.... gotta take no chances around bears!” and off Nia went, energetically waving her hand goodbye At Farine.

She grabbed her stuff and stopped to see Billie’s parents.

“I’m headed out for no more than a couple of hrs To go rock hunting. If Billie would like to come, she’s most welcome. Mizzy wasn’t up for another hike right now, so she’s fixing the chicken, listening to her music, and gonna catch up on reading and relaxing.Thought you might like a little quiet time”
 
Billy was up to another hike after she'd eaten. She asked Nia to wait a few minutes, while she enjoyed some stroganoff. She ate quickly. Then they were off.

When they got to the quartz site, she was amazed at all the sparkles! This was way beyond beautiful. It was awesome. This was not a field of rocks one could choose from to take home, this was more like a castle built with diamonds. Everything was intact. The sunlight made rainbows within the crystals... . "I'd love to see what kind of photos of this you get, Nia."
 
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