GNARliness, long hikes, & fall

As I had thought might be the case, living simply is difficult in this day and age. I knew that in order to get to the point where we could live simply, we’d have to live complicated for a while. Just when we were starting to get closer to being set up, we had a visit from the building inspector, which has made things even more complicated.

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The bottom line is that it is going to be okay. We have to do some things we neither planned to do nor wanted to do, like put in a septic system in spite of the fact that we have a composting toilet. This means we will be putting in a septic system in order to process our gray water, meaning the water we use (with biodegradable soaps and shampoos) for showers and the kitchen sink. We have to add a bathroom sink, in spite of the fact that our kitchen sink is closer to the bathroom than some people’s bathroom sinks are to the the rest of their bathroom. We have to pay for permitting and pull out our vent-free heaters and buy and install vented heaters instead. It isn’t the end of the world, but it will be costly and it has to happen before the snow flies. This is why we had paused in building. More on that later.DSC_0004

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Those are real 2x4s and are 18 feet long! The former owner of the land left some lumber that he milled for us and it’s crazy how big it all is!

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This is part 2 of our very long driveway.

We did, however, build a woodshed (small enough so that we don’t need a permit). DSC_0006 DSC_0011 DSC_0020 DSC_0016We are installing a new light switch in the a-frame so when we walk in this cute little hanging light will be able to be switch on. We have started collecting our firewood. We got more tongue and groove wood for the walls, so I’ve been working on that. I have been spending my days hoping to get sub calls and then walking the dogs. I have taken a lot of beautiful pictures and have seen more of fall than a lot of people probably have this year! I got lost in a trail system here for an hour or so, meaning the pups and I got a lot of quality exercise that day! I’ve continued with the women’s mountain bike ride and have met some nice people that way. We also caught up with friends of friends who live in the tiny town next to our tiny town and they had us over for a delicious dinner.DSC_0044 DSC_0030 DSC_0017 DSC_0023 DSC_0015 DSC_0031 DSC_0029-001 DSC_0033 DSC_0020 DSC_0019-001 DSC_0015-001 DSC_0014

Plus, Bryan did the GNAR, or the Great Northern Adventure Race, which Tech’s Outdoor Adventure Program put on this past Saturday. Since it is an adventure race, they keep the details a secret, so he knew only that there would be mountain biking, running, canoeing, and orienteering. He was on a team with two other mathematicians and since they needed teams of threes, that meant I was on photo patrol. I took a few pictures to start out, but when the OAP people asked me if I would send them my photos, I decided to go to several of the events and try to get them some good photos to use. I got to BS with the organizers and see a lot of the antics. I got some great pictures of the event and had some good laughs. Since it was a rainy, windy day, I did not envy them, but they all seemed to have a great time.

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Bryan’s was definitely the only fat bike in the race

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Among the checkpoint activities was one where you had to get a key out of a block of ice in order to unlock your bikes.

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There was orienteering which Bryguy dominated at in the Guard, so they did well on that!

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One checkpoint activity was to get a bike lock key out of a block of ice.

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Bryan’s solution: armpit.

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The Gaussian Eliminators (It’s a math thing and I don’t get it)

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