I saw Dr. G this morning to find out if the irritation I had in one eye could have been related to the jaundice. He said my eyes were fine and gave me a couple of samples of eyedrops, one will require a prescription if I need it filled, and the other is more of the soothing kind you can buy off the shelf.
I stopped by REI on the way home as I had ordered a book from their online store - The Best of Tent Camping in New York State. It was supposed to be delivered to the store on Friday and I hoped it might be early. They checked and it is due in tomorrow, so I'll have to make another trip. I don't mind going to REI but I always find something to buy. This morning I got a new compass and the latest issue of Backpacker Magazine.
Then to Bev Mo for non-alcoholic beer. While I was waiting for someone to help me get a case off the shelf, I looked through the fine bourbons. A while back my son Steve asked me if we were related to the owners of Willett Distillery in Bardstown. It turned out he had tasted one of their bourbons and wanted to buy it, but would pay the price only if we were related. I checked with my brother who is further into genealogy than I am, and indeed we are related to the distillers. I tasted some of Steve's stash and thought I would die! At first it takes your breath away, then the fire hits your throat but in an instant you have such a warm glow and the feeling of all's right with the world. I have seen it at Bev Mo but the larger bottle costs close to $80 but I noticed today they had a smaller one, so I got it. At the checkout I wondered at the irony of buying a case of non-alcoholic beer and a bottle of fine bourbon! It should last me a long time because a few drops is about all I want every now and then.
I think I will love my new compass. It is made right in our own state of Wyoming and looks very easy to use.
I want to get back into backpacking so bad I can taste it! But the cost of the gear I'd need is holding me back; Steve has my backpacking tent and Joe has the sleeping bag, but I'd need a thermarest mattress, as well as a pack and possibly new boots. Those items plus the stove, titanium cook pot, and all the little stuff, would set me back a few dollars - maybe next year. I could drive to Maine and hike south on the Appalachian Trail!
To this end (and also for my general health) I'm walking 5 or 6 evenings a week and last night got up to almost a mile and a half!!! Well on my way to long distance backpacking.
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