That is the number of days since we returned from our last great adventure. That does not count our few weeks to Oregon to help Forrest and Somer with their house. Plus, this is our first adventure with the new truck! We've been pretty much all packed up for almost two weeks waiting for the fields to be ready, but today is the day (4/26), we are finally hitting the road and starting our Great Summer Adventure (GSA)!
On our last night home, Dan, Bonnie, Kevin and Cheryl came over to say goodbye and have one last beer. Well, one turned into two, which turned into 3, which turned into multiple shots of fireball, which turned into us playing Cards Against Humanity which turned into us moaning and groaning as we tried to open our eyes the next morning. Ugh! We are going to miss those guys! It will be 108 days until we see them again!
As much as we love it here, we are ready for a change of scenery. We are not at all apprehensive about leaving the house. Between the alarm, cameras, locked gates, people we have staying at the house and our neighbors, the house will be in good hands. Our closest neighbor works from home and her office window faces our house, well within rifle range, so she calls or texts when someone comes down our driveway asking if she should fire a warning shot or not!
Our first day was a rather short one. We stopped by to see our niece Alana in Spearfish. Alana and her husband Ryan recently moved to Spearfish from Denver. Barb and I have not seen her in 15-20 years. We talked about it and we could not exactly figure it out. She was probably 18 or 19 and now, well, she is older than that. We determined it was closer to 20 than 15 so we are going to will say 7,169 days. I certainly would not have recognized her if I saw her on the street. She said she would have probably recognized me as I look like "Grandpa". I am not quite sure how I feel about that.
They recently got a French Bull Dog so now Zoey has a cousin! It was payback time for Zoey as Sophie bit, pulled and tugged on Zoey's jowls, does not feel so good on the receiving end does it?!?!?
We arrived at the farm on day 4 of our GSA and are all tucked into the shop where it is warmer and out of the wind. They had been without power for over 6 days. It turned back on about an hour after we got there. I guess we brought some good luck!
On our journey we averaged 10mpg and saw diesel prices that ranged from $4.71(Bismarck)-5.89 (Minot). Both were about what we were expecting but we hope to see those fuel prices drop in the coming weeks.
It has been 383 days since we started planting last year. Last year I arrived at the farm on April 11th and we started planting somewhere around the 15th. This year, it is more than 2 weeks later. Depending on weather and the soil, it will take 3-4 weeks to get everything in the ground. Sadly, we can only stay 12 days, not nearly long enough to get everything in the ground but hopefully we can put a good dent in it!