May 23, 2005 3:51pm
Monday Cohasset, MN
It is starting to get warmer and we are considering what we may or may not be able to get rid of clothing and gear wise. John is listening to the NOAA weather radio and cursing some upcoming bad/cold weather. One of the difficult things is that we know we will eventually send some of this stuff home when it is hot, but for now we have to keep it to stay warm. Keeping things means that we must keep packing and unpacking it. Keeping it means that we have to try and keep it dry. Keeping all of the little things that we see in future tense as excess makes us less streamlined and slow. So that is a struggle, but I do not mind keeping things for longer to keep from being cold and miserable.
Speaking of cold and miserable in the past few days we reached and passed the northernmost point on the Mississippi. Once we pass Grand Rapids we will definitely be paddling in a southerly direction. This means we are paddling away from the Arctic Circle. I prefer paddling away from the Arctic Circle in seasons where I know many of my friends are currently rocking shorts. I like shorts and look forward to when I can wear shorts.
As the trip has been progressing I find that I am much more prone to staring off into space. When I catch myself doing it I wonder if I look brain-dead to anyone that sees me. In actuality I am finding that some of the physical world is lass important and I can focus on thinking without being distracted as much.