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Today was quite a fulfilling day. Two new WWOOFers came, a mother and daughter from Slovakia. That distracted Harvey and he never gave us a job so we played spoons all morning. Spoons is a card game where you each get four cards, one person has the pile next to them and picks one card up and then gives whatever card they want to the person next to them so you always keep just four cards. The goal is to get four of a kind in your hand, so you quickly pick up and pass until you get all four. Once you get all four you grab a spoon, once one spoon is grabbed everyone has to dive in and grab one, even if you haven’t gotten four of a kind yet. Obviously there is one less spoon than people playing so the person without a spoon gets the letter “S” on the scorecard. This continues until someone has “SPOONS” spelled out on the card. What makes it fun is that a lot of times you are so focused on what cards are coming and going in your hands you don’t notice someone grabbing a spoon and once you do notice you have to literally dive to try and get one.  This caused A LOT of laughter. I spent the whole morning in tears from laughing so hard about all of us diving around the dinner table for spoons. One even fell onto the floor and I dove head first to grab it. After lunch I wanted to talk to Daniel about some things and spend some time with him. He ended up wanting to go hike up the mountain we had ridden horses up which isn’t really what I felt like doing because I had hurt my knee diving for the spoon and just told him we’d hang out later. After he carried on I changed my mind and decided to go up. I took a short cut off of the path and just went straight up the side of the mountain. Once I reached the top I wanted to sit in the shade for a moment because the sun was blazing down on me and I brought no water. Once I sat down I noticed the view. It was breathtakingly stunning. Nothing but mountains and valleys and birds and blue sky with fluffy white clouds for as far as the eye could see. No humans, no cars, no planes, no signs, nothing but 100% beautiful, peaceful, quiet nature. How amazing it was to be there alone, to be the only person for as far as you could see. It was such a freeing and peaceful feeling. I wished for a moment I had someone to share it with but I don’t think it would have been quite as special if someone else had been there. Those moments are what I live for. That “wow” moment when you realize how beautiful our earth is and you just have to appreciate it for a little while. I thought back to being on top of the hill we climbed at Rainbow Gathering in South Dakota in the Black Hills National Forest.  You could see the whole gathering and then nothing but the hills and forest for what looked like infinity.  That evening, after dinner, was the most exciting part of the day! Daniel caught a rabbit! Apparently he saw it break it’s leg and run out from the bush, he ran and got his knife and came back and held it down with his foot and slit it’s throat. I thought that was pretty intense. Harvey showed us how to skin and gut it. Unfortunately it was pregnant and he said the hormones make the meat taste bad, and also that he doesn’t believe in eating pregnant animals. However, the dogs and cats did get fed and he said that’s important. They don’t buy dog or cat food so when they get fresh meat like that they really love it.  I really love this lifestyle, leaving is giving me such mixed feelings. Life is so incredibly special.

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