Friday, June 5, 2020

The tribe.....

7:40 am - Friday - June 5th - The Big Eddie, ID - 53° F, 70% humidity, wind 6 mph out of the east.......partly cloudy today with a forecast high of 81° F.....the view this morning.....↴

A lot of people came in yesterday afternoon and evening

I, apparently, was not in a picture taking mood Thursday.  The only picture I took all day long was as we were exiting Hacienda Cuajimalpa from a wonderful, amazing Mexican dinner.....TLE can never pass up a ride on a coin operated horse.....but I get ahead of myself.....

.....being way out in the boondocks has its advantages. Since February 4th we have been living in either very remote areas, or in extremely rural areas.  As a result we have spent little, or no time in densely populated cities, which has kept us from acquiring the Wuhan Flu (COVID-19 for the politically correct among us).  When we finally began to realize we had more chance of being struck by lightning than getting the flu we stopped wearing our masks, with the lone exceptions of getting a haircut in Durango, or ordering our lunch in Telluride.  We now have 6 people in nomadic tribe, and we are all in the age group that is at risk, but we continue to be asymptomatic.  

The other advantage to this lifestyle is we are so far from large cities that ANTIFA has not felt compelled to come to our neighborhood.....not many TV cameras here to promote their antifascist fascist ways of destruction and mayhem. On a side note, it is a little hilarious that a group which claims to be antifascist uses fascist tactics to make their point......kind of Orwellian, no?  Anyway, life goes on in rural America with barely a hiccup.  It has become quite apparent to me over these past few months that living in urban America is coming with a higher, and higher cost.  I continue to wonder if we will begin to see another great American migration....this time out of urban America to rural America.  I thank God everyday that I have the ability to be mobile and live where I wish....often for free as we are doing right now.

Back to the here and now......Thursday was marked by blustery winds all day long....blustery enough to keep TLE and I inside reading most of the day.  The Teton River is predicted to rise another foot in the next 36 hours so we are keeping an eye on that.  Mr. Jello has added another wrinkle to our plans to reside here on The Big Eddie for 10 days with a weather forecast showing 80% chance of rain beginning Sunday for three consecutive days....there is no way we want to be here in a flood zone with three days of rain on the way, so we will be hauling the proverbial anchor Saturday morning and heading for higher ground....probably 80 miles north to Henry's Lake.

Around 6 pm our nomadic tribe of 6 headed into Driggs for dinner at the aforementioned Mexican restaurant.  Glenn and Laureen will be leaving our tribe to begin a slow trek back to Austin, TX  in about a week, so they wanted to treat us to dinner.  They will be heading up to Henry's Lake a day ahead of the rest of us to stage for a few trips into Yellowstone NP.  Like the El Michoacan restaurant in Ramona, CA, Hacienda Cuajimalpa is also named for a region in is one of the 16 boroughs of Mexico City.  I ordered their Hacienda Plate which comes with cream filled, bacon wrapped jalapeño poppers, fried shrimp, and thinly sliced skirt steak.....amazing...just amazing.  Everyone loved their dishes, and being able to 'dine in' was the cherry on top of the sundae for all of us.  Thank you Glenn and Laureen for your generosity, and for picking the perfect restaurant! By the by....Yelp gives them 4 stars on 59 reviews.

We were home a little before 8:30 pm, and by 9 pm we had another fire going (the wind had finally abated), and we sat out until after 11 pm talking about cabbages and kings.  Sitting around a campfire is one of my great pleasures in life.  There is some unquantifiable element about sitting across a campfire from people you know and respect, no matter their age.....age just seems irrelevant around a fire....I don't know why.  Everyone just feels like a peer.  I find people to be at their utmost transparent selves around a fire.

Well, that's my 2¢, and I'm sticking to it.....thank you so much for taking the time to stop by today!

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  1. Sounds like you guys are having a wonderful time with family and friends. Rural america is the best place to be. Like you I find these riots and protesting contradicatory to the damage, the killing, looting and destruction all in the name of justice. Boggles my mind how anyone sees the logic or sanity in that. We here in North Carolina are in the outer rural area so we are also safe and not seeing or having to deal with what many cities are. Although there have been peaceful demonstrations so far in our little towns up in WA with my family there so they are being effected by it....My son here in North Carolina has been talking and will be interviewing to go back to his old job in Oregon, so we may be heading back west in just a few weeks. I am very saddened and worried sick about the circumstances my sons life has taken over the last year. It is the reason I came here little over two months ago as the situation acclerated and he needed my support...its a sad situation. But anyway as with all life challenges and heart aches time will heal and we will get through this journey. I am sorry to hear that Glenn and Laureen will he leaving you all soon and heading back to Texas. I thought you would all be spending he summer traveling together. I hope their first RV travels have gone well and been a good test run for them. Safe travesl to you all....Oh and I love Elaines picture on that horse LOL.

  2. Back in 2012 we stayed at Henry's Lake for about a week...great views of the lake and the surrounding area, and very peaceful. I hope you enjoy it. (there is a FREE boondocking park on the other side of the lake, Bill Frome Memorial County RV Park, but we never stayed there, although we drove around the lake and saw it.) The RV park across form the entrance to Henry's Lake has a laundry mat that back then was open to anyone who wanted to use it.

  3. Love the pic of TLE! Good for her! Great times with your friends, isn't it wonderful! Love Mexican food anytime we can get it for sure! Days of rain coming, can't say as I blame you for packing up. We will be looking forward to Henry's Lake pics too as we've never been there!