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  • Writer's pictureInger and Jeff Latreille

Cookin' and Chillin'

~Thursday, March 18, 2021~

Day 277

Turns out that Mississippi and Alabama did sustain some tornado damage last night, but thank goodness no fatalities. Our storm, if you’d like to call it that, was much tamer than predicted. Only heavy rain, but no hail and very little lightning. Whew!

This was the perfect day to chill and enjoy our campsite by the river.

And with the pulled pork in the oven until 2:00 p.m. we really couldn’t venture out anyway. The pulled pork…..oh that got 2 thumbs up. Thank goodness or being at the campsite today would not have been pleasant. Once the rain settled down, the wind picked up and since we’re in a canyon, it rips right through the surrounding hills down to our end of the campground, leaving it impossible to air out our awnings. And the wind just comes out of nowhere. We’ll try for this again tomorrow.

While I took a nice “hilly” hike with Sadie pups Jeff worked on refurbishing the outdoor camp stove. As you may recall, about 2 months ago (see January 3rd post), we were in Santa Rosa Beach, FL, when Jeff tried to get fancy with his cooking and burned the top of the stove, singing my tablecloth in the process 😠. With steel wool, and new paint, she’ll be good as new…..the stove that is. Anyway, about my hike… was soooooo nice to be back to a little elevation change after weeks of being at or below sea level. My lungs and my back were liking it. I don’t know what it is, but if I’m having back issues, a few days of good, steep climbing kicks it back into its “happy place”. Tallulah Falls/Canyon is supposed to be full of great hiking trails and with all this rain, likely stunning waterfalls. So stay tuned, once we venture out.

It was great to catch up with my bestie, Michele, though I wish it had been under better circumstances. She had just found out her dear friend, in her early 50’s, has been diagnosed with liver cancer and has very little time left in this life. 😢She is the epitome of health and an advocate for women’s well being so it really comes even more as a shock. We just never know what our lives have in store for us, and to soak up our moments as if they’re our last.

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