End of the Wagon Day
It’s been a long week here aboard the mule wagon – hence the short post. In the past 8 days, Polly and I have traveled over 90 miles through eastern North Carolina. From Oriental to Lowland, up to Aurora and back to Oriental. Call it the shake down trip for the upcoming Canadian Maritime Voyage.
Good thing is I’ve spent so many nights aboard the new wagon, it’s starting to feel like home. The evening ritual goes like this.
Feed Polly. Light the wood stove. Cook a mix of foraged and lardered food – from Pamlico County eggs to store bought split peas. Then it’s glass-of-wine-time, pipe time and before turning in, time to step into the night air to check on Polly.
Then comes my favorite part of the evening. Blowing out the lantern. Then the candle. Finally, banking down the stove for the night. With the wagon’s three fires put to rest, it’s time to climb into bed.
With any luck, at 2a, the whole wagon won’t start rocking. That would be mule Polly indulging in her favorite bedtime ritual. Scratching her hindquarters on the wagon door. Then again, after pulling my wagon all over the county, she’s probably entitled to it.
(Map note: the map shows you were Polly and I stayed in Lowland, NC.)
Bernie, I wish you and Polly much luck and safety in your travels together. I tried to add you to my address book but I don’t have a computer its a webtv, for some reason it wouldn’t except www.riverearth.com…….I would like to follow along in your travels if it was only possible. I got this address from Wagonteamster.Write back to me if you have time please…..and let me know how your trip is going and where you are….Thanks and God Bless! Buffy
Howdy Bernie & Polly,
How come you ain’t got a dog, hah?? Just a mule, but a sweet one!! I’m gettin’ so antsy,
waitin’ on you and ol’ WT to GO!!! There is so much traffic on the E coast I tell you I’m a little worried about this adventure; it may a BIGadventure, but I’ll trust Polly to get us through… Can we go thru Amish country and show Polly off?? Them & their harness hosses!!