Hitting the Hay... Literally!

 Where we slept last night (may be difficult to  see, but we set up a spot to sleep on the hay just beyond the white bike).

Where we slept last night (may be difficult to  see, but we set up a spot to sleep on the hay just beyond the white bike).

On account of the looming foecast for this week, we have had to alter some of our plans. Last night the owners of Wyant’s Store in White Hall (across the street from the community center behind which we were going to camp) offered their barn as an alternative to camping in a potential storm. So we took them up on that offer, and we literally “hit the hay.” Yes, we slept inside of the barn on a soft bed of hay. A highlight of this time was that the boys became quite acquainted and taken with the 3 goats and 3 donkeys (one of which was an adorable baby donkey who stayed close to mama) that we shared the farm yard with.

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The biggest challenge was that the animals were a little too interested in the space outside of the barn where we were trying to cook our dinner (which was right in the middle of the farm yard). So first, we had to do a little problem-solving and build a baracade out of some of the scrap materials around. Russell jumped right up to that challenge! Then, we were able to successfully cook our dinner (pasta with broccoli, cheddar and Parmesan). 

 Russell’s baracade to keep the goats and donkeys away from our cooking area. 

Russell’s baracade to keep the goats and donkeys away from our cooking area. 

 Douglas helping to cook dinner. 

Douglas helping to cook dinner. 

This morning we had to decide on our next game plan, in light of the predicted storms for the next few days. While we could have biked this morning on our way up Afton Mountain, the fog was concerning us, as well as where we would end up landing for the next few days. There was really no perfect place along the route that would allow us to both progress a bit and also weather the storms safely for 3 days. So we decided to bike 8 miles to a campground that is about 2 miles off route and stay in a primitive cabin for the 3 days. It has turned out to be a very good option with lots of things to do and a different experience for us all.

 Our “primitive” cabin for the next 3 days- just 2 rooms, no running water or bathroom (water spigot around the corner from the steps). Bathroom/showers are a 3-minute walk UP a steep hill. 

Our “primitive” cabin for the next 3 days- just 2 rooms, no running water or bathroom (water spigot around the corner from the steps). Bathroom/showers are a 3-minute walk UP a steep hill. 

 Protecting our bikes from the pouring rain. 

Protecting our bikes from the pouring rain.