We didn’t wake up as early as we’d hoped this morning, but there was a silver lining! As I emerged from the bedroom sometime between 7:30 and 8:00, David hurriedly whispered to me to grab my camera and come over to the front door.
I can’t believe I haven’t mentioned this yet in a caption, but a couple days before we left, I lost almost all of the hearing in my left ear. It’s like it’s full of water or something; I can hear some frequencies OK, but most things sound either super far away or I don’t hear them at all. It’s been pretty frustrating. But yeah, David had to call me several times to get my attention.
I grabbed the camera and peeked outside to find these two fellas having breakfast right by the cabin. I snagged a couple of safe shots, but I wanted to get closer. I popped on the long lens and tiptoed barefoot into the yard. Eventually they noticed me, but they didn’t seem to mind at all. They kept their distance, but every time they looked at me I’d make a dumb smile and wave, you know, so they’d know we coo.
Eventually I was able to position myself just right for this shot, and then it was time to leave! We spent the next 14 hours on the road, eating garbage food and using garbage toilets while we watched the landscape gradually diminish in to a flatness that seemed to out-flatten the way it had been when we left it.
It was a long day, but we made it home. I owe a HUGE debt of thanks to David for inviting us on such an incredible trip. And, as great as it was, it feels so good being back at home in my own bed again.