After a fitful night sleep I woke up early with the light of the morning sun. I laid in bed for a while thinking of my drive, and everything that had led me to this point. I was drifting slowly back to sleep when Kai opened the back door of the Abbey to come in and make his breakfast. He made oats and carrots, or maybe it was barley flakes and carrots – I’m not sure. After that he sat down and started reading a book.
I made some coffee in the morning with my french press and it was amazing. I was surprised with how quiet everyone is in the mornings. It’s an interesting change from the fast paced life in Southern California where I’m from. I like it, but it will take some time to get used to.
After everyone was done with their morning routines Kai took me on a tour of The Lab. It was a really neat experience to see all of the things that I had been following the construction of for the past few years. We started with the Tipi that has a Rocket Mass Heater in it and moved our way toward Ant Village, stopping by Wofati 0.8 and the Lemon Tree site on the way.
After the tour, Kai, Sara – who is another Gapper – and I went and finished repairing a junk pole Rock Jack fence for the first of many paddocks at basecamp. The wind had blown over two sections of the fence after the rocks fell out of the bottom of one of the Rock Jacks. This had caused the rocks of the other one to catapult down the hill and fall all over the place.
We attempted to lift the fence up so we could repair jacks in place without having to do the additional work of taking them apart. After a few attempts we came to the conclusion that it would be better to just take the fence sections apart and fix the jacks on place.
All in all it took us about four hours that day and we finished all but one sections. We packed up our stuff, filled up our water to bring up to the lab and looked forward to the chili that Sean was making for everyone. After touring the lab and working for the rest of the day, the chili was magnificent.
We all ate merrily and had some great conversations until we headed over to Jim the Ant’s plot to watch a movie. We walked through forest in the drizzling rain to his hovel and he calls it. We ended up cycling through a few different movies before we settled on an Alfred Hitchcock movie. It was projected on a white tipi tarp we hung from the wall.
When the movie was done we walked back and I almost got lost because I went ahead, thinking I could find my way on my own.
I ended up passing out pretty well that night and slept pretty well.