|Suva, our leader for this hike.|
|Our lunch spot for the day.|
We made our way around to the lake which was to be our lunch spot. There was a little nip in the air and there was a brisk breeze blowing so it was a bit chilly out. We found a place at the end of the lake which was somewhat sheltered from the wind and in the sun. Our leader, Suva, spread the “table cloth” and we laid out the feast. And a feast it was including the shrimp cocktail.
Being New Years Day we naturally had to have black-eyed peas. This may be a southern tradition; I don’t really know, but all my life we’ve had black-eyed peas on New Years Day. They’re supposed to bring good luck during the year. There have been a few years in my life when I didn’t considered myself very lucky even though I ate those peas so I tried doing without them for a few years. I’m back to eating them now, but only because I like them. I can’t actually say they bring good luck. Anyway, we had several pots of peas on the trail today.
The stoves came out to heat those peas. There were 6 stoves all together and Gene was in his element. You know how he just loves backpacking stoves. He made the comment later that he noticed how all the people with alcohol stoves were in a hurry to get to the lunch spot so they could get their stoves lit. For those of you not backpackers, alcohol is notoriously slow as a heating fuel.
|J R Tate, aka Model T|