May 29, 2005 1pm Sunday
The sun is out. I have sun and warmth on my previously cold and tormented existence. Here, with no sun it is very cold and with sun life is much more bearable.
A gentleman that we met a few days ago said that it was not a cold winter in Minnesota because it had not reached -40 degrees. Fair North Carolina has spoiled me.
The past few days have been rather non-descript. A lovely area with much more evidence of humans. Barns, cows and small cabins all remind us that there is much more private land in this area with some fields and wooded areas. There is still a great deal of wildlife, but their behavior is more nonchalant and not caring that humans are around, and it is easy to tell that many animals have been imprinted.
The river is getting more opaque as we have passed a deteriorating superfund site, a power plant and a paper mill. Additionally the river level is up causing increased sedimentation. The erosion and exfoliation of the riverbank is more evident with trees that seem as if they are growing directly from the bottom of the river. The banks from which the trees came carry gaping scars of the recent loss. The river is changing.