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Chilly WhitetopIt feels like October this morning--it's presently 34° and there's light frost on the rooftops.  I love this, of course, even though it is supposed to be warm again by the end of the week.  Mike's parents and cousins visited over the weekend and both came from warmer places, so it was nice to show off with our cool weather.  Nevermind that it had been in the eighties earlier in the week.

Having the place to ourselves again, we drove up to Whitetop to take in the cold.  And it was fairly cold, around 43° and breezy in the heat of the day.  I was glad for hats and mittens for the children (and a bag of warm things that I hadn't taken out of the car from a yard sale).  I was also thankful that Mike brought two coats.  Laurel wore her Tomten Jacket with zipper for the first time.  In classic form, I sewed in the zipper on the way up the mountain.  It's plenty long and suits her well.  I'll have to get a better picture, though.

We wandered a bit and sought shelter in the spruce trees, finding a wonderland of a campsite with a well-made fire ring and some wonderful moss and mushrooms.  It was cold enough to see your breath in there, but we all stayed a long time.  Mike formulated his Fall backpacking trip and the children climbed on rocks.  We found a few late-season blackberries that were as sweet as blueberries.  Cultivated blackberries are a sad substitute in every way but quanitity when compared to those.

Back home, we settled into hot chocolate and our leftovers from a weekend of cooking--chili, Brunswick stew, brisket (which we did not cook), macaroni and cheese and apple pie.  I better get moving to get warm in here and put on a pot of cream of wheat.

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(Anonymous)
Sep. 16th, 2015 05:41 am (UTC)
Oh, that all sounds so cozy! You are colder than we are right now. You said Tomten Jacket - is that an Elizabeth Zimmermann Tomten jacket? I love her. I really love her Knitting Around book, and we have the companion dvd featuring her and Meg. Meg Swansen has a semi-legendary status in our home. I watched the Baby Surprise jacket dvd with the children, and they still talk about "Meg Swansen, the fastest knitter in the world." Just today, my Elizabeth was asking me where Meg lives, and could we go visit her. : ) I want some frost and hot chocolate! - Stacey
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A Blessed Wilderness

It was just like being in heaven, being in there. In those days there was no road. The park was all a blessed wilderness. I have often thought what a wonderful people we would have been if we had wanted to keep it that way.

~Adolph Murie, biologist, on Denali


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