guestRight now, what are you doing? Taking a moment on this most significant of winter holidays to, to, to what? Sit idly in front of the fireplace? A bit more basting of the Christmas bird? Maybe a discreet downloading of The Interview? Is there still some last minute shopping at one of the few stores open on Christmas day, the WalmartSafewayWalgreens shops or similar, to get in? Do you feel a nap coming on?
I have an alternate mantra on this wintery day. Get outside I say!
Current guests Marian and Fernanda grabbed it by the horns (yes, today…just a few hours ago) by booking a Christmas-day conservation float on the Smith.
Marian and Fernanda scored in so many ways. The skies were sunny (and in the sun you could actually feel some heat). The river was sporting its signature serpentine-tinted green, only brighter and more phosphorescent. And my guests were able to book one of the area’s top guides, Mick Thomas, who took time out from his own merrymaking to produce an epic float down the river — from the forks in Hiouchi to the Peacock Bar on the lower river.
I wanted to jump in the boat at the last minute, to experience the churning water of the Smith (if only that first mile to the bnb), but this wasn’t my vacation I kept telling myself (not my vacation, not my vacation). But damn the water looked clear and I swear I heard the wind call out my name as it barreled down the gorge.
The point is that after two power outages in the last three days, wind and rain that had the bnb battened down and still shaking in Patagonia-strong winds, the outside world today has been even more inviting. We at bnb hiouchi are doing our best to enjoy it.
Marian and Fernanda now? As I write, I have no idea where they are. Somewhere on the Boy Scout Tree trail I think, or maybe staring up into the Stout tree.
For the next five minutes, but just, as I write and publish this mini-post, my butt is planted firmly by my desk. But I leave you with an invitation to join me and Meg and Molly on the banks of the Smith. As soon as you possibly can. We have glisteny-green trails to walk, mushrooms to pick, and serpentine-hued water to lap up. And a couple of nature-starved and adventurous guests to find!