filtering water at base camp
Returning home after weeks of traveling is a mixed bag. Yeah, it’s nice to sleep in one’s own bed and get back into the routines of work, gardening, cooking and touching base with friends – but, then there’s the cleaning, the laundry, the grocery shopping, the sorting of mail and, as we discovered, sometimes the odd unpleasant surprise. In our case, a refrigerator that stopped working in 80+ degree temps. On a Sunday. Extended warranty or no, the thing had to be emptied, cleaned and all salvageable food transferred to the old fridge in the basement. Thirteen stairs x infinity = lots of stairs.
And, isn’t it ironic that we even think to complain about such things after paying someone to guide us into the wild for four days, all the while taking pride in our ability to physically paddle close to 50 miles, burn our toilet paper, filter our drinking water, sleep on the ground and swallow (not spit) when brushing our teeth.
We have TWO refrigerators and an extra freezer. Filtered drinking water at our kitchen sink. Legs to carry us up and down those thirteen steps. Hot running water and all the amenities of modern living that we could ever desire. More, in other words, than most of the people living on this planet.
Will those thoughts stop me from busting a gasket if the Sears repairman doesn’t show up as promised today?
It just might.